“Anatomy of a Scene: Deconstructing Documentary Films” – FULL PANEL
Moderator: Garret Savage (“My Perestroika,” Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship)
Speakers: Bryan Chang (“Brasslands,” “Narco Cultura,” “A Year in Space”), Ann Collins (“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” “Swim Team”), and Matthew Hamachek (“Cartel Land,” “The Trade,” “Amanda Knox,” “Meet the Patels”)
About Bryan Chang: Bryan Chang is a documentary filmmaker whose award-winning films have been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, MoMA, Sundance Film Festival, and distributed theatrically. His feature-length documentaries include “Brasslands” (director/DP/editor), “Narco Cultura” (editor), “Dark Money” (additional editor) and “Island Soldier” (producer/editor). He was an editor for the Emmy-winning documentary series “A Year In Space,” and is currently editing on a Netflix original documentary series about genetic engineering. He is a co-owner of Meerkat Media, a cooperatively-run production company in Brooklyn, NY.
About Ann Collins: Ann Collins is a New York based documentary film editor. This year, she was nominated for an American Cinema Editor’s Eddie award for her work on Griffin Dunne’s “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” which premiered at the 2017 New York Film Festival. Prior to that, she co-produced and edited “Swim Team,” an independent documentary which has won numerous awards and premiered this fall on PBS’s POV series. Ann’s career began more than twenty-five years ago when she edited Gini Reticker’s independent documentary, “The Heart of the Matter,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Freedom of Expression Award.
Her credits include the documentaries “Belly Talkers,” “The Charcoal People,” and “Sound and Fury,” all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before receiving theatrical and television distribution. “Sound and Fury” was nominated for an Academy Award. For television, she edited “Frontline: Merchants of Cool” and “Porgy & Bess: An American Voice” as well as productions for Martha Stewart, MTV, Lifetime, CBS, and PBS. She has edited web projects for Etsy and Johns Hopkins University. She has also worked extensively as a story consultant and consulting editor on numerous independent documentaries.
About Matthew Hamachek: Matthew Hamachek’s films have been nominated for two Academy Awards, won three Emmy Awards, and his work as an editor has brought him two Sundance Film Festival Editing Awards. His resume includes Marshall Curry’s “If a Tree Falls,” Dawn Porter’s “Gideon’s Army,” Brian McGinn’s “Amanda Knox,” and Matthew Heineman’s films “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” He just finished editing Liz Garbus’ “The Fourth Estate” about the New York Times.
About Garret Savage: Garret Savage is an award-winning editor and producer. His documentary editing credits include the Peabody Award-winner “My Perestroika,” HBO’s “How Democracy Works Now” series, “Ready, Set, Bag!,” and “4-Cylinder 400.” He is the producer of “One October” (Full Frame 2017) and was an associate producer of the Emmy nominated “Pressure Cooker” (Participant Films). He has worked on projects for Paramount Pictures, ABC/ESPN, Discovery, IFC, AMC, MTV, and more. Garret was a Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow, the Program Director of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Teen View Film Lab and is a founder and current President of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.
“Sight Sound and Story” is an annual event presented by Manhattan Edit Workshop that brings audiences “behind the scenes” with legends of visual storytelling. Each year the one day summit brings together a collection of diverse and intriguing high-profile speaker series to discuss the evolving world of post-production. Panels topics have included the art and processes of editing film & television, exploring ground-breaking interactive media, the fast pace of cutting sports television, getting the real from reality television, experiencing the magic of feature sound design, taking a look at the vital roles of the VFX artist, and deconstructing key scenes from fiction and documentary favorites.
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