In The Cut: Editing a Killer Feature Sample
Present an under 7 minute DVD sample of your doc or narrative feature film and hear feedback from a panel of editing experts with over thirty years of combined editing experience on everything from ITVS/PBS funded docs to big-budget Hollywood features.
Through actual feedback, learn from editors what makes a sample hook viewers/funders and provide a clear, riveting example of your eventually completed work. Led by editors: Kyle Henry, who has edited sample videos for four successfully funded ITVS submissions, including Heather Courtney's 2011 SXSW award winning Where Soldiers Come From; Sandra Adair, editor of over 25 features including Bernie and Everything Must Go; and David Fabelo, editor of SXSW premiere's The Overbrook Brothers and Mars.
Samples will be chosen at random from DVDs submitted at the start of the panel for max 10 minute feedback sessions by panelists in front of our live audience.
**Attending this session? Bring in a sample in DVD format to be critiqued!**
Kyle Henry had edited fourteen feature narratives and documentaries that have aired on PBS, Showtime, and HBO, including TRINIDAD, MANITO, and TROOP 1500. His latest editing project, Heather Courtney's WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, will premiere on PBS' P.O.V. in the fall of 2011. He's also the director of ROOM, which played at Sundance and Cannes in 2005, and the upcoming feature FOURPLAY, executive produced by Michael Stipe and Jim McKay. He currently teaches film production at Northwestern University.
Sandra Adair started editing independent feature films in Hollywood in the mid-80’s and relocated to Austin, TX in 1991. Shortly after establishing herself in Austin she began her long-term collaborative working relationship with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater, for whom she has now edited 15 films, most recently, “Bernie,” starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Though Adair works consistently with Mr.Linklater she also has edited numerous features and documentaries for other directors, including “Everything Must Go,” starring Will Ferrell for director Dan Rush in 2010. Adair is a member of American Cinema Editors and a voting member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
David Fabelo’s editing work spans shorts, features and documentaries - reflecting his storytelling versatility and a penchant for collaboration. His work has screened at numerous film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, SXSW, and LAFF. Recent credits include AN ORDINARY FAMILY, “The Fickle,” and “Fourplay: Tampa.” Not to be outdone by the directors he has collaborated with, David has also directed two short films: The award winning "Test Day" and his latest comedy "Do Over."