Kate Amend

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Kate Amend
OccupationFilm editor

Kate Amend is an American documentary film editor whose career spans more than thirty years. She is known for being a dedicated editor who finds the emotional center of each scene she works with.[1] A member of American Cinema Editors, Amend is the recipient of an Eddie Award for Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2001);[2] she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for The Case Against 8 (2014).[3] She was the editor on two Academy Award-winning films: Into the Arms of Strangers (2014) and the Long Way Home (1997).[4] She is the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Amend graduated from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University with a master's in humanities, later gaining an interest in film while teaching her discipline at the City College of San Francisco. She worked briefly at a production company of exploitation films before breaking into documentary work as an apprentice editor on Johanna Demetrakas's Right Out of History (1980).[5] Amend is also noted for her work on Birth Story (2012) and The Long Way Home (1997).[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Some Cutting Remarks about an Ace Editor: Kate Amend". International Documentary Association. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ Oldham 2012, p. 199.
  3. ^ "Kate Amend". Television Academy. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on July 26, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Kate Amend". americanfilmshowcase.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  5. ^ Oldham 2012, p. 201–202.
  6. ^ Anderson, John (May 25, 2012). "The 'Invisible Art': A Woman's Touch Behind the Scenes". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012.
  7. ^ Sperling, Nicole (June 21, 2013). "L.A. Film Fest: Female editors plan to gather for lively forum". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 14, 2013.


  • Gabriella, Oldham (2012). First Cut 2: More Conversations with Film Editors. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520273504.

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