Kate Amend

Kate AmendKate Amend is the editor of two Academy Award Winning Documentary features – Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home – and is the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Amend also received the 2001 American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award for Into the Arms of Strangers, and edited the 2001 Oscar-nominated documentary short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom. Other films include Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, which won the Audience Award at the 2012 Los Angeles International Film Festival, First Position (Toronto International Film Festival, 2011), One Lucky Elephant, (Best Documentary Editing–2010 Woodstock Film Festival), Man From Plains (2007), directed by Jonathan Demme, and a triple- award winner at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, and Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, which, received the Grand Jury award at the 2003 AFI Film Festival, aired on HBO in February 2004, and received a 2005 Peabody Award. Her most recent film, The Case Against 8, was an award winner at the 2014 Sundance and South by Southwest Film Festivals. Amend is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and has been an advisor at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Storytelling Lab since June 2004. She has appeared on panels for the Sundance Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, International Documentary Association, and American Cinema Editors. She has served as a mentor at the NALIP Academy since 2006, and has been a juror at the Sundance and RiverRun Film Festivals, the AFI Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Awards. Amend is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and sits on Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

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