Sally Menke

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Sally Menke
Born Sally JoAnne Menke
(1953-12-17)December 17, 1953
Mineola, New York
Died September 27, 2010(2010-09-27) (aged 56)
Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film editor
Years active 1980–2010
Spouse(s) Aldo L. "Dean" Parisot
(m. 1986–2010; her death; 2 children)

Sally JoAnne Menke[1] (December 17, 1953 – September 27, 2010)[2] was an American film and television editor with more than 20 feature film credits.[3] She had a long-time collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino, having edited all of his films until her death. Menke was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing for Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction, of which Variety's Todd McCarthy wrote, "Sally Menke's editing reps the definition of precision."[4]

Early and personal life[edit]

Menke was born in Mineola, the daughter of Charlotte, a teacher, and Dr. Warren Wells Menke, a professor of management at Clemson University.[1] Menke graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Film Program. She earned a bachelor of fine arts in film in 1977.[5] Menke was married to director Aldo L. "Dean" Parisot in 1986 and the couple had two children, Lucas and Isabella.[1][5]

Career[edit]

Menke's early career saw her edit documentaries for CBS.[5] She worked on many films in the 1990s, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heaven & Earth and Mulholland Falls.[6][7]

Menke met Quentin Tarantino when he held interviews for an editor.[8] Tarantino sent her the script for Reservoir Dogs and she said that she thought it was "amazing".[8] Menke was hiking in Canada when she decided to call and see if she got the job and was told that she had been successful.[8] Menke went on to work with Tarantino on everything he directed up until her death.[8]

Tarantino was quoted as saying, "The best collaborations are the director-editor teams, where they can finish each other's sentences" and that Menke was his "only, truly genuine collaborator".[9] Menke was later elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors.[10]

Menke's final editing credit was on the 2010 thriller Peacock, directed by Michael Lander.[7]

Death and memorials[edit]

Menke had gone hiking the morning of September 27, 2010 with a friend and her dog.[2] Menke's friend left her after an hour when she started to feel unwell in the heat. When Menke failed to come home, her friends alerted the police.[11] Search dogs, a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, and officers from patrol units spent hours in Griffith Park searching for her. [12] Her locked car was found in a Griffith Park parking lot.[11] Menke's body was found at the bottom of a ravine near 5600 block of Green Oak Drive on September 28, 2010.[11] Her dog was found alive, sitting next to her body.[2][12] No cause of death was immediately reported and it was unclear whether the extreme heat, 113 °F (45 °C) in downtown Los Angeles, was a factor.[11][13] The coroner's office later determined that Menke's death was heat-related.[14]

The Sundance Institute has created a memorial fellowship in film editing to honor Menke.[15]

Tarantino's 2012 film Django Unchained was dedicated to her memory due to their long partnership.

Filmography[edit]

Menke's feature film credits as editor are tabulated below. She has two additional credits for editing television documentaries: Hans Bethe: Prophet of Energy (1980) and The Congress (1988).[16]

Year Film Director Other notes
1983 Cold Feet Bruce van Dusen
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Steve Barron
1991 The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe John Bailey
1992 Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino
1993 Heaven & Earth Oliver Stone
1994 Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino Nominated – Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated – ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1995 Four Rooms Segment: "The Man from Hollywood"
1996 Mulholland Falls Lee Tamahori
1997 Nightwatch Ole Bornedal
Jackie Brown Quentin Tarantino
2000 All the Pretty Horses Billy Bob Thornton
2001 Daddy and Them
2003–2004 Kill Bill Quentin Tarantino Won – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Won – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Nominated – ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
2004 The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Wendy Apple Self appearance
2007 Grindhouse Quentin Tarantino Segment: "Death Proof"
2009 Inglourious Basterds Nominated – Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Editing
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
2010 Peacock Michael Lander

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sally Menke, Editor, Weds Aldo L. Parisot". The New York Times. August 10, 1986. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sally Menke, longtime film editor for Quentin Tarantino, found dead near Griffith Park". Los Angeles Times. September 28, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sally Menke". IMDb. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ McCarty, Todd (May 23, 1994). "Pulp Fiction". Variety. 
  5. ^ a b c Fox, Margalit (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke, Film Editor for Tarantino, Dies at 56". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Christopher (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke and Quentin Tarantino. A Short Tribute to an Editor - Filmmaker Relationship". IndieWire. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Pulver, Andrew (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino's long-time editor, found dead in LA". The Guardian. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d Menke, Sally (December 6, 2009). "'Quentin Tarantino and I clicked'". The Guardian. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ Seif, Dena (February 19, 2007). "Editors pick 'Babel,' 'Departed': 'Office,' 'Wire' win at ACE Eddie Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  10. ^ "American Cinema Editors Roster". American Cinema Editors. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d Itzkoff, Dave (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke, Film Editor for Tarantino and Other Directors, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Quentin Tarantino's film editor found dead after hiking in scorching LA heat". Herald Sun. September 29, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  13. ^ Chris, Meteorologist (2009-06-17). "Los Angeles' Hottest Day On Record". weather.com. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  14. ^ McLellan, Dennis; Blankstein, Andrew (2010-09-29). "Sally Menke dies at 56; editor on Quentin Tarantino's movies". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  15. ^ Parker, Kris (May 19, 2011). "Sundance Institute Names Julia Bloch Sally Menke Editing Fellow". The Sundance Institute. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  16. ^ Sally Menke at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ "Academy Awards – Pulp Fiction". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  18. ^ "BAFTA Winners 1994". British Academy Film Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  19. ^ "BAFTA Winners 2003". British Academy Film Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 

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