Jonathan Oppenheim

Jonathan Oppenheim’s editing credits include Paris Is Burning, Sister Helen and Oscar nominee, Children Underground. He edited and co-produced the second film in Laura Poitras’ post 9/11 trilogy, The Oath, a psychological portrait of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard.  

He was co-editor of William and the Windmill, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, which, through the lens of a single relationship, looks at the unintended consequences of the West’s involvement in the developing world; and he was the editor and co-producer of Before and After Dinner, a film about Andre Gregory, avant-garde theater director and co-star of My Dinner with Andre. He edited the critically acclaimed, Arguing The World, an exploration of the intersecting lives of four New York Intellectuals spanning six decades, winner of a Peabody Award. He has been a story consultant on many films which include How to Survive a Plague,  Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, (T)error, These Birds Walk, The Cinema Travelers and Risk.

Oppenheim has spoken on the art of documentary editing at The New Museum and mentored Eastern European filmmakers at the Ex Oriente Lab in Prague. He was interviewed for the book, First Cut, More Conversations with Film Editors (Gabriella Oldham, University of California Press, 2012). Oppenheim was a juror for the 2014 Sundance Film festival US Documentary competition. He has been both an Advisor and a Fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab and has presented at NYU, Yale, Columbia and The New School.