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Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia to speak at EditFest London

Pietro Scalia, ACE, has joined the lineup for EditFest London, which takes place on June 24 at BFI Southbank. Scalia will participate in a one-on-one conversation that will cap a day of panels featuring insights from editors working in television, feature film and documentary programming.

Scalia has won two Academy Awards (Black Hawk Down, JFK), two BAFTA Awards (Gladiator, JFK), a Satellite Award (American Gangster) and three ACE Eddies (Black Hawk Down, JFK and Gladiator). For over 25 years, Scalia has worked with directors such as Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gus Van Sant, Rob Marshall and Sam Raimi. His films include Good Will Hunting, Memoirs of a Geisha, Kick-Ass, The Amazing Spiderman and The Martian. His latest collaboration with director Ridley Scott is Alien: Covenant, which is in theaters now.

Scalia began his career as an assistant editor on Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Talk Radio, then went on to contribute as an associate editor on Born on the Fourth of July and as an additional editor on The Doors. He has also co-edited documentaries, including 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy, The Eleventh Hour and Ashes and Snow. Scalia’s efforts also include stints as music producer with composer Hans Zimmer on three of Scott’s films.

Born in Sicily in 1960 and educated in Switzerland, Scalia came to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he received his MFA in film and theater arts.

EditFest which was launched in LA in 2008, presents top-level film and television editors talking about their work and editing careers. The event features panels, clips and conversation, and attendees engage with panelists throughout the day. This year marks the fifth EditFest London.

Panelists at this year’s EditFest UK include (Avatar); Sylvia Landra, ACE, (Léon: The Professional); Jake Roberts, ACE, (Hell or High Water); Job ter Burg (Elle); and William Oswald (Doctor Who). ACE president Stephen Rivkin, ACE, will be moderator. As in previous years, EditFest will feature film and television panels, the one-on-one conversation (this time with Scalia), lunch and a cocktail reception.

This year, EditFest will present a special fourth panel devoted to documentary programming featuring Chris King, ACE, (Amy, Exit Through the Gift Shop); Gordon Mason, ACE, (Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’, Revolution: New Art for a New World); and others.

Commercial and film director Jessica Sanders joins Sanctuary

Sanctuary in Culver City has added director Jessica Sanders to its roster. Sanders, who has a background in documentaries and character-driven storytelling, got her big break in advertising with a Sony “make.believe” short film, for which she won a Cannes Young Director Award. The film also got the attention of Steve Jobs, who personally handpicked her to direct the launch ad for the Apple iPad.

During her career, the filmmaker has earned an Oscar nomination for Sing, a short doc on aspiring young vocalists. She also got a Sundance Special Jury Prize for After Innocence, her documentary about wrongfully convicted men cleared by DNA that serves as the basis for her upcoming feature film, Picking Cotton.

Sanders, whose resume also includes campaigns for Amazon, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, Honda and Toyota, is currently working on a three-film campaign for Land Rover out of agency Spark44’s London office. She will be also be directing a short film for Refinery29’s SmashBox Anthology Series, produced by Sanctuary and Sanders.

Main Photo: Elisabeth Caren

Editor Erin Nordstrom joins Spot Welders

Editor Erin Nordstrom, whose resume includes spots, documentaries and music videos, has joined creative editorial shop Spot Welders. While based at the studio in LA, she will also be available for the New York office and East Coast-based agency clients. Her editing tools of choice are Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. See her work here.

Nordstrom joins Spot Welders from the Santa Monica office of Optimus, where she worked for the past six years. Prior to that she spent seven years freelancing for a range of agencies and post companies in Southern California. A graduate of Indiana University, she started her career with a small editorial company in LA that worked frequently for the boutique creative agency Ground Zero. She eventually joined the agency as its staff editor.

Her advertising work includes spots that range from emotional to comedic for such brands as Activision, Columbia Sportswear, Samsung, Taco Bell, Motorola, Honda and many others.

Nordstrom describes her freelance years as a time when her work “ran the gamut of what you could do as an editor. It was a great learning experience, and forced me to exercise lots of creative muscles.” She made countless connections with filmmakers, creatives and producers, many of which have opened doors for her creatively.

One example is during her stint at Optimus, her EP connected her with a producer who was working on a passion project about a headstrong artist who frequently clashed with the patrons who hired him to carve intricate caves out of desert sandstone formations.  The resulting film, Cave Digger, directed by Jeffrey Karoff, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014.

“Erin’s background is a great complement to her skills as an editor,” says Joanne Ferraro, EP at Spot Welders’ New York office. “She has an insider’s knowledge of how to collaborate with and support agency creatives, and her freelance years have let her sample the best approaches to problem-solving at post houses all over LA. Combine that with her long-form work with documentary and music video directors and you have a formidable talent with a deep perspective on her craft.

Emmy-winning audio pro Brian Beatrice joins Nutmeg Post

Emmy Award-winning sound designer and engineer Brian Beatrice has joined New York’s Nutmeg Post.

Before joining Nutmeg, Beatrice worked at audioEngine, Bionic and Tonic. He began his career in 1997 at National Video Center and Recording Studios in New York.

Beatrice is known for his short-form work for Nickelodeon, Food Network, USA Network, Syfy Channel and truTV, as well as commercials for Baron and Baron, Publicis, Anomaly and Consulate.

In addition, Beatrice’s work on long-form programs includes WNET/PBS’s Nature, Secrets of the Dead, Wide Angle and National Geographic Channel’s Secret Service series. Documentary credits include work for PBS, VH1, Lifetime and The History Channel. He has also worked on numerous independent films. He won an Emmy for his work on Christmas in Yellowstone, an hour-long documentary that airs seasonally on PBS.

“Nutmeg provides all of the services and resources that clients demand today. You can work here on any format, with an experienced and dedicated in-house support staff ready to help,” he says. “We make it easy for clients by offering mixing, editing, graphics and color grading all under one roof, while realizing significant cost savings along the way. This is a great time to be at Nutmeg.”

In his spare time, Beatrice is actively engaged in various exploratory studio projects, enjoys composing original music and tours with his acclaimed band.