Zumbrunnen graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. From 1985 to 1987, Zumbrunnen was lead singer and guitarist in the Los Angeles proto-alt band, Holmes, along side with fellow singer and guitarist, Bart Lipton. Often referred to as "the 83rd hottest band in L.A.", Holmes was known mostly for its bizarre mashup hybrid tracks "Wagon Train to Hell" and "Ironsides".
Zumbrunnen died after a battle with cancer on August 1, 2017.
Collaboration with Spike Jonze
Zumbrunnen had a notable collaboration with the director Spike Jonze. He edited Jonze's early short films How They Get There (1997) and Amarillo by Morning (1998). Jonze directed Being John Malkovich; in addition to winning the ACE Eddie for Zumbrunnen, that film was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing. Their next collaboration, Adaptation. (2002), was nominated both for an ACE Eddie Award and for a Satellite Award for Best Editing. For their last collaboration, Zumbrunnen, paired with editor Jeff Buchanan, was again nominated for the Eddie for Jonze's Her (2013).
- Gift (1993).
- How They Get There (1997). Short.
- Amarillo by Morning (1998). Documentary short.
- Lick the Star (1998). Short.
- Being John Malkovich (1999).
- Adaptation. (2002).
- Weezer – Video Capture Device: Treasures from the Vault 1991–2002 (2004). Compilation film with multiple directors and three editors. Zumbrunnen edited the "Buddy Holly" section directed by Jonze.
- Where the Wild Things Are (2009; with James Haygood).
- I'm Here (2010; with Stephen Berger).
- John Carter (2012).
- Her (2013; with Jeff Buchanan).
- Nyren, Erin (August 17, 2017). "Eric Zumbrunnen, Editor of 'Being John Malkovich,' Dies at 52". Variety.
- "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
- Pedersen, Erik (August 17, 2017). "Eric Zumbrunnen Dies: Spike Jonze's Go-To Film Editor Was 52". Deadline Hollywood.
- Lombard, Matthew (2003). "The edit, the shot, the imagination An interview with Eric Zumbrunnen", Temple University webpage archived at Webcite from this original URL 2008-05-09.
- Zeitchik, Steven (December 30, 2013). "Five days of 'Her': Editing Samantha in (and out)". The Los Angeles Times. Interview with Zumbrunnen about the editing of Her (2013).
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