Karen Schmeer

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Karen Schmeer (February 20, 1970 – January 29, 2010) was a film editor who frequently collaborated with filmmaker Errol Morris.

Early life[edit]

Schmeer was born in Portland, Oregon, on February 20, 1970.[1] She was the daughter of Michael Schmeer and Eleanor DuBois, as well as the granddaughter of photographer Ray Atkeson.[1] She graduated from Portland's Lincoln High School in 1988 and then attended Boston University where she graduated in 1992 after studying anthropology.[1]


The year she graduated from college she was hired for an unpaid internship with Errol Morris.[1] Schmeer edited a number of his films, including The Fog of War, a 2004 portrait of Robert S. McNamara that was nominated for an Eddie award and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.[1] She also edited Sergio, a 2009 film by Greg Barker about Sergio Vieira de Mello. Schmeer won the award for best documentary film editing at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Sergio.[2][3][4] Other work included editing Sydney Pollack's 2005 documentary, Sketches of Frank Gehry.[3]


Karen Schmeer was killed on the evening of January 29, 2010, in a hit-and-run as she was crossing Broadway at 90th Street. The car that struck her was the getaway car for the robbery of a nearby pharmacy.


  1. ^ a b c d e Navas, Melissa (January 31, 2010). "Portland native Karen Schmeer, 39, remembered as loyal friend, talented film editor". The Oregonian. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Wheaton, Sarah; Baker, Al (January 31, 2010). "Driver Is Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run on Upper West Side". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Famed Film Editor Struck, Killed by Car in NYC". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 30, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Cohen, Stefanie; Montero, Douglas; Doyle, John (January 31, 2010). "'Fog' editor killed; Thugs run down docu filmmaker". New York Post. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 

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