Awarded annually, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship was created in 2010 to honor the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer. It is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging documentary editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community.
OPEN CALL IS NOW CLOSED
Our 2017 fellowship open call is now closed. The deadline was September 30, 2016. Thank you to all who applied. Applicants will be notified of their status in early January, 2017.
OPEN CALL ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 KAREN SCHMEER FELLOWSHIP
The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship open call for its seventh annual award will run August 3, 2016 through September 30, 2016.
Applicants must have edited at least one feature documentary (60 minutes or longer) but no more than three and plan on living in the US between March 2017 and March 2018.
We're excited to announce that Eileen Meyer is our 2016 fellow! Eileen impressed us with her her confident spirit, strong work ethic, and the ways in which she has been pushing herself to new professional heights. We also loved her playful and insightful editorial style in her work as an editor of Best of Enemies , a documentary about ideological opposites William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal as they hold a series of riveting, nationally televised debates that usher in a new era of public discourse and pundit TV. She will receive the fellowship on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the SXSW Film Festival Awards Ceremony in Austin, Texas.
At this year's Sundance Film Festival, documentary editing legend Kate Amend gave an inspiring keynote speech at the Art of Editing Lunch co-hosted by Sundance Institute and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.
DOC NYC EDITING MASTERCLASS
What do documentary editors do to bring a story to life? Esteemed documentary editors Karen K.H. Sim (Watchers of the Sky, Back on Board: Greg Louganis) and Fiona Otway (Hell and Back Again, Iraq In Fragments) share storytelling secrets as they review favorite scenes from their own work.
Sunday, November 15 at 11:30am, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas.
ENTER THE EDIT: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE DOCUMENTARY EDITING WORLD
This is the fourth in a series of posts on POV’s Documentary Blog about the regrettably underappreciated process and craft of documentary editing. Our guide is 2016 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow Eileen Meyer.
ENTER THE EDIT: THE CHALLENGES OF BEING BOTH DIRECTOR AND EDITOR
This is the third in a series of posts on POV’s Documentary Blog about the regrettably underappreciated process and craft of documentary editing. Our guide is 2016 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow.
ENTER THE EDIT: A CRASH COURSE ON STRUCTURING SOCIAL-ISSUE DOCUMENTARY
This is the second in a series of posts on POV’s Documentary Blog about the regrettably underappreciated process and craft of documentary editors. Our guide is Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow Eileen Meyer.
15 Questions with Eileen Meyer
Check out Manhattan Edit Workshop's "15 Questions with Eileen Meyer" to find out what films have inspired her, what she does when she's stuck on a scene and more.
Today, PBS' POV Documentary Blog is publishing "Entering the Edit with Karen Schmeer Fellow Eileen Meyer," an interview with Eileen about her process and her goals for the fellowship.