Title: Film Editor, Educator
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Kate Amend, ACE, film editor and educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in documentary editing.
As a film editor for the last four decades, Ms. Amend demonstrates an expertise that encompasses all areas of the art, technique and practice of assembling shots into a coherent sequence. “Editors play a dynamic role in the making of a film that helps to craft the story and create an impact on its viewer – especially when the film is a documentary,” she says, adding that she was drawn to the industry during the women’s movement in the 1970s. While taking a film class, she fell in love with editing and knew quickly that she wanted to pursue it as her career path. She is highly regarded for her work on documentaries, for which she has received an ACE Eddie Award and an Achievement in Editing Award from the International Documentary Association. One of the key skills that Ms. Amend is known for in her documentary work is her ability to bring creativity and perspective to the film while completely respecting the filmmaker’s vision for the story. In short, it is due to her collaboration that she has been tremendously successful in her career.
A great point of pride for Ms. Amend is that the projects she has worked on have taken on lives of their own, and each has been an achievement in its own right. “The Long Way Home” and “Into the Arms of Strangers” both received Academy Awards, while “Beah: A Black Woman Speaks” earned a Peabody Award. Her most recent films include “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?,” “The Keepers,” “Serena: The Other Side of Greatness,” “The Case Against 8,” “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives,” “First Position,” “Crazy Wisdom,” and “Jimmy Carter: Man, From Plains.” Considered an expert in her field, Ms. Amend is very involved within her professional community. She has been the governor for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an adviser for the Sundance Documentary Edit and Storytelling Lab. Additional noteworthy documentaries that Ms. Amend has edited include “Metamorphosis: Man Into Woman,” “Legends,” “Asylum,” “Skinheads,” “Spread The Word,” “Arrested Development: In The House,” “Tobacco Blues,” “Some Nudity Required,” “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” and “Cowboy Del Amor.”
In addition to her impactful work as a film editor, Ms. Amend is regarded for her academic work at the higher education level. Since 1992, she has been an adjunct professor for the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Previously, she found success in roles including as a researcher and administrator for Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, administrator for Through the Flower Corporation, instructor of humanities and women’s studies at Diablo Valley College, and instructor of humanities for the City College of San Francisco. At the core of Ms. Amend’s experience is her education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts from California State University in San Francisco, California, and an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art at the University of San Francisco. To remain at the top of her field, she is a member of the International Documentary Association, American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Looking to the future, she intends to continue working toward success in her field while impacting the world through innovative storytelling as a film editor.
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