Karen Schmeer, winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s editing award last year for “Sergio,” and a longtime editor with Errol Morris, died last night in New York City. She was hit by a car that was fleeing the scene of a burglary on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
In addition to her work on Errol Morris’ “Standard Operating Procedure” (co-editor), “The Fog of War,” “Mr. Death” and “Fast Cheap and Out of Control,” Karen Schmeer also edited Sidney Pollack’s “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” Robb Moss’ “The Same River Twice,” and Lucia Small’s “My Father, The Genius.” She also edited Neil Abramson’s “American Son.” Her entire credits are available on IMDb.
On Twitter today, Morris called Schmeer’s death a, “senseless tragedy.”
Greg Barker, director of “Sergio” from last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is on the jury at Sundance this year and is expected to pay tribute to Schmeer at tonight’s festival awards ceremony.
Schmeer was currently working on a documentary with filmmaker Liz Garbus.
AJ Schnack has additional coverage on his blog, All These Wonderful Things.
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