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Documentary Film Editor Karen Schmeer Is Dead at 39

Karen Schmeer, a 39-year-old documentary film editor who worked closely with Errol Morris, was killed on Friday in a hit-and-run on the Upper West Side. She was "one of the greatest editors of her generation," said director Greg Barker, who worked with Schmeer on the Sundance-award winning documentary Sergio. Schmeer also handled editing duties on Sydney Pollack's 2005 film Sketches of Frank Gehry and many of Morris' films, including Fog of War and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, which Morris thought was "completely uneditable." The director was pretty broken up by the loss of Schmeer, telling the Times, "I was writing to someone about what moral do you take from this? To look both ways when you cross the street? To never leave your house under any circumstances?"

Arrest Made in Hit-Run That Killed Film Editor [NYT]

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