Documentary Editor Karen Schmeer Killed in Hit and Run

Monday, February 01, 2010

The documentary film community is mourning the loss of Karen Schmeer, 39, a film-editor best known for her work with Errol Morris. Schmeer was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on New York City's Upper West Side on Friday night.

At the time of her death, Schmeer was working on on a documentary about Bobby Fisher with director Liz Garbus.

“Karen Schmeer was one of the most extraordinarily talented editors in the documentary film world," Garbus said. "She was an intellect, and she was a wit, and she was a master storyteller. She would just like put together different snippets of people and sort of edit them into like a symphony of beauty. That’s the only way I can talk about it. She was such a master storyteller. She was just an amazing presence.”

A tribute page celebrating Schmeer's life and work can be found on Facebook.

Just one year ago, Schmeer won an editing award at the Sundance film festival for her work on  “Sergio,” a documentary about the UN worker Sergio Vieira de Mello.

Morris said in The New York Times that Schmeer was the best editor he worked with. “She was difficult, she was opinionated, she brought a lot of her own ideas to the process,” he said.

Schmeer worked with Morris on the Academy-Award winning documentary, "The Fog of War." Watch a clip below.


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