2021 Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship
Over many years, Sally Menke was an inspired mentor to Sundance Institute filmmakers and editors. As a Directors Lab creative advisor, she was dynamic, focused, generous, and passionate about the creative process. She loved the editing room and spent hours with the fellows who sought her out. She used her own experiences and skills to help filmmakers bring their visions to life, and offered her advice with generosity and kindness.
Her many editing credits include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, All the Pretty Horses, Kill Bill, and Inglourious Basterds. In memory of Sally’s artistry and love of mentoring, the Sundance Institute created the Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship to support an emerging fiction editor in furthering their understanding of craft, expanding their artistic community, and providing momentum to their editing career.
Past fellows include Josie Azzam (Summer ‘o3), Monica Salazar (Honey Boy), Kate Hackett (Waikiki), Kathryn Schubert (Marjorie Prime, The Transfiguration), Erica Freed Marker (The Detour, Netflix’s Marco Polo), Alex O’Flinn (The Rider, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Julia Bloch (Green Room, The Wall), Debbie Berman (co-editor Black Panther and Spider-Man: Homecoming), Joseph Krings (Captain Fantastic, Rebel in the Rye), and Abbi Jutkowitz (Lizzie, As You Are).
Mentors have included the accomplished editors Myron Kerstein (In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians), Debra Neil-Fisher (The Hangover, Sonic the Hedgehog), Michael Sale (Bridesmaids, We’re the Millers), Maryann Brandon (Venom, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens), Tatiana S. Riegel (The Girl and the Spider’s Web, I, Tonya), Wyatt Smith (Harriet, Into the Woods), Susan Morse (Manhattan, Music and Lyrics), Pamela Martin (The Fighter, Little Miss Sunshine), Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty, There Will Be Blood), Jeffrey Ford (The Avengers, Crazy Heart), Meg Reticker (30 Rock, True Detective, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Joe Hutshing (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire), Barbara Tulliver (Signs, Hard Eight), Jay Rabinowitz (The Tree of Life, Requiem for a Dream), Suzy Elmiger (Master of None, Short Cuts), Tim Squyres (Life of Pi; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Christopher Tellefsen (Moneyball, Capote), Affonso Gonçalves (Winter’s Bone, Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Deborah Moran (The Wire, Bloodline).
DESCRIPTION OF FELLOWSHIP
The Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellow will include the following elements:
Two editing mentors: Sundance Institute staff will identify mentors who can be available from August 2021 through May 2022. You will engage in monthly meetings with one or both of the mentors for advice on the editing process and potential opportunities for career development. When appropriate, there might be a key moment to observe mentors at work during an essential part of their process.
Invitation to join the American Cinema Editors as an associate member. Benefits include receiving the ACE magazine, invitations to events, and screeners, with the opportunity to vote for the Feature Film Best Editing categories as part of the ACE Awards.
Invitations to join periodic informal gatherings of the cohort of Menke Fellows.
Invitation to join the Art of Editing Event at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where the annual Menke fellow is acknowledged.
As we plan the June Directors Lab, there might be opportunities to collaborate remotely with Lab Fellows between May 2021 and July 2021.
The Sally Menke Editing Fellowship will support an emerging fiction editor who has served as lead editor for at least one but no more than four fiction features, and any number of shorts, documentary films, industrial films, or webisodes. The ideal candidate is committed to continuing a career in editing, passionate about collaboration and the creative process, and open to exploration and experimentation in the editing room. We hope to find an editor based in either LA or NYC, but the fellowship is open to all editors based in the U.S.
If there is a potential lab opportunity this year, the fellow must have working knowledge of editing equipment, including AVID, Adobe Premiere, and a remote post-production workflow.
Applications for the Sally Menke Editing Fellowship will be accepted starting Friday, March 25, 2021; the deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 8, 2021. Please apply online and carefully read the instructions below:
Fill out the online form (https://apply.sundance.org), including:
Applicant contact information
Applicant bio (150 words max)
Applicant demographic information
A link to one feature film you feel best demonstrates your editing ability
Upload one letter of recommendation from an editor or director with whom you have previously collaborated, addressed to the Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship Selection Committee. Include as a PDF with the file name in the format: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Letter
Upload your response to the following questions as a PDF with the file name in the format: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME _Application
What are your key goals as an editor, and how do you hope that you would grow from this Fellowship?
What would be most helpful to you in a mentoring relationship, and why might it be specifically helpful to you at this time?
Choose a film you admire for its exceptional editing and explain why.
Tell us about a specific experience you’ve had working as an editor that taught you something key about the process.
What steps have you taken in your career to pursue mentorship and build a community?
***NOTE: Once you hit submit, you will not be able to go back and edit your application. Make sure to carefully review all your materials.***
Final decisions to select the 2021 fellow will be made by May 15, 2021. All applicants will be notified by this time. Please contact Ritvik Dhavale at email@example.com with any questions.