Chris Lebenzon, ACE, will be participating in a one-on-one conversation at American Cinema Editors’ EditFest London on 30 June. The conversation, moderated by journalist Carolyn Giardina, will focus on his work over the course of a celebrated, nearly 40-year career. EditFest London is set for BFI Southbank, returning to the UK for its 6th year in London and 5th at BFI. Lebenzon is a revered editor whose work over the course of more than 30 films has garnered Academy Award nominations and key industry honours from American Cinema Editors, Camerimage, Gold Derby, and Satellite Awards.
Lebenzon has worked with a wide variety of filmmakers and is known for his long-lasting collaborations with leading directors including Tim Burton, for whom he edited Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Frankenweenie, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Ed Wood, Corpse Bride and Planet of the Apes, among others. Lebenzon also worked closely with the late Tony Scott, editing Top Gun (Oscar nominated), Beverly Hills Cop II, Crimson Tide (Oscar nominated), Enemy of the State, and others. He has a long association with Jerry Bruckheimer which led to his collaboration with Michael Bay, for whom he edited Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. Lebenzon has guided a number of other films including Maleficent, Weird Science and Con Air. He is currently working in London, with Tim Burton once again, on Dumbo.
“Part of the joy of editing is the deeply engaging, and in my case long-lasting, collaborations with talented directors. I have been able to share the creative experience with people I consider incredibly gifted. Working with creative geniuses as diverse as Tony, Tim and Michael has kept me on my game and kept the fire under me to be working with this calibre of people. I look forward to spending time with you at EditFest. It’s a great way to meet aspiring and working editors and share time with them.”
As always, EditFest will feature panels comprised of the industry’s top editors, who generously share experiences and insights from their work on a variety of feature films, documentaries, and broadcast and streaming content. Presented by American Cinema Editors (ACE), EditFest offers a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with panelists and colleagues throughout the day, over lunch, and then during a lively post-event reception. EditFest was launched in Los Angeles in 2006.
EditFest takes place during one day at BFI Southbank. A complete schedule and panelists will be announced shortly. Tickets are on sale now with an early bird discount for those who sign up before 1 June. Early registration is encouraged as the event perennially sells out. Panels, box lunch, and a cocktail reception at the end of the day are included as well as the uncommon experience of mingling with the world’s top editors. EditFest LA will take place in Los Angeles on 25 August at the Walt Disney Studios.
ACE EditFest is presented with the generous support of sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor Blackmagic Design and Gold Sponsors Avid and Adobe. The Motion Picture Editors Guild is a supporter of EditFest. Proceeds go to the ACE Educational Center and are tax deductible.
For further information visit American Cinema Editors.