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The World Loses a Great Editor and Even Better Person - Sally Menke

Only published comments... Sep 28 2010, 11:36 AM by APeterson
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We got some terrible news here at Avid this morning: award-winning ACE Editor Sally Menke has passed away.  Sally was best known for her longtime collaboration with Director Quentin Tarantino.  Her work on films like “Pulp Fiction” “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill, Volume 1 and 2” garnered her several prestigious awards and nominations including: wins in 2004 for “Editor of the Year” by The Hollywood Film Festival and “Best Editing” by the Las Vegas Film Critics Society for her work on “Kill Bill, Volume 1”; as well as two Academy Award nominations and two American Cinema Editor (ACE) Eddie Award nominations for her work on "Pulp Fiction" "Kill Bill Volume 2" and "Inglorious Basterds."  Sally’s work inspired her colleagues, her fans and thousands of other women who aspired to one day be in her shoes.  A few years back, Quentin Tarantino won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ACE organization.  During his acceptance speech, Tarantino attributed much of his success to his long time collaborator and their push-pull relationship.  Rather than focus on his own work and successes, he spent the time describing Sally and her passion, keen eye for the details and the ways she made him a better filmmaker and person. 

I had the fortunate experience of meeting Sally at the ACE event.  She was gracious, friendly and very approachable.  We talked about her passion for editing and how grateful she was for the opportunity she’d had.  And although her work will live on to entertain and inspire us for years to come, today Avid mourns the loss of a great person, talented editor and long-time customer. 

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