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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging/Interdisciplinary Media, Documentary, Producing and Film Music.

In this video from the 2021 Directors Lab, Feature Film Program Deputy Director Ilyse McKimmie leads a discussion with veteran Editors Joi McMillon (If Beale Street Could Talk), Terilyn Shropshire (When They See Us), Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty) and Michelle Tesoro (The Queen's Gambit). The panel shares clips from their work and provides insights into the craft of editing, what makes a successful collaboration, managing efficient workflows and the keys to building trust between an editor and a director.

Other conversations in this ongoing series include those with editors Michelle Tesoro, Joi McMillon, Teri Shropshire & Dylan Tichenor; cinematographers Stephen Goldblatt, Robert Elswit, Brad Young and Charlotte Bruus Christensen; writer/director Miguel Arteta, writer/director Walter Salles, writer/director Randa Haines and more.

Joi McMillon is an award-winning editor best known for her work on Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed film Moonlight, the Best Picture winner at the 89th Academy Awards. McMillon’s work on the feature solidified her place in history as the first black female nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Film Editing. McMillon led the editorial department on The Underground Railroad, Jenkins’ limited series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for Amazon Studios. more...
Mr. Tichenor got his start in the craft of editing with editor Geraldine Peroni who brought him on as apprentice editor on Robert Altman’s THE PLAYER. His recent projects have been CHILD 44 (Daniel Espinosa), TRIPLE 9 (John Hillcoat), AMERICAN MADE (Doug Liman), and STRONGER (David Gordon Green). Tichenor’s latest release is another collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson, best-picture nominated PHANTOM THREAD. more...
Terilyn A. Shropshire collaborates with some of the industry's most talented filmmakers. Recently, Shropshire worked with Halle Berry on BRUISED, a film marking Berry's fierce directorial debut. As editor of Netflix's 2020 action movie hit, THE OLD GUARD, Shropshire continued to build upon her over twenty-year creative partnership with director Gina Prince-Bythewood. more...
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llyse McKimmie has served as a key staff member of Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program since 1999. As Deputy Director, she leads the outreach and selection process for U.S.-based filmmakers for the Screenwriters and Directors Labs and the Screenwriters Intensive, and oversees the design and execution of those programs. more...
Michelle Tesoro, A.C.E. is an industry rising star, known for seamlessly weaving narrative through the artful and elegant editing of a visual story. Her most recent works include Netflix's Emmy-nominated series When They See Us, directed and produced by Ava Duvernay, and Netflix's hit limited series The Queen’s Gambit, directed by Academy Award-nominated Scott Frank, for which Tesoro won the 2021 ACE Award for Best Edited Limited Series Or Motion Picture For Television. more...

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