Panel: Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship: Documentary Editing Panel



Somerville Theatre - Screen 2 Sun, May 1, 2016 12:30 PM
Film Info


How Two Directors and One Editor Collaborated on THE GUYS NEXT DOOR

Presented by the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

With documentary film, the story is often found in the edit. But what does that process actually look like? And how does it work in a 3-way collaboration? Editor Rachel Clark and directors Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk share the story of editing their new documentary, THE GUYS NEXT DOOR. Spanning over three years, the film follows a gay couple whose daughters are birthed by their friend with donor eggs—and offers a provocative alternative to the traditional nuclear American family. The conversation will be moderated by editor Sabrina Zanella-Foresi.

THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, a ticketed event, will screen at 2:15pm, shortly after the panel. More info.

  • Rachel Clark, Editor of THE GUYS NEXT DOOR
  • Allie Humenuk & Amy Geller, Co-directors of  THE GUYS NEXT DOOR


  • Sabrina Zanella-Foresi, Documentary Editor

Director/Producer/Sound Recordist
Amy Geller has been producer and line producer on numerous commercials, shorts and documentaries, including the PBS/BBC broadcast docudrama MURDER AT HARVARD. She also produced the Sundance Institute-supported narrative STAY UNTIL TOMORROW, THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA, a four-hour PBS mini-series broadcast in 2006, and LOVE AND OTHER ANXIETIES (IFFBoston 2012), a personal documentary directed by funder-turned-filmmaker Lyda Kuth. Geller’s most ambitious production to date, the feature documentary FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (IFFBoston 2009), has screened at over 80 film festivals, theaters, and universities in the US and abroad. It was broadcast internationally in Spain, France, Israel, and Japan and nationally on the Documentary Channel and WGBH-Boston. Most recently, Geller served as the Artistic Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival. She is currently a graduate student in Boston University inaugural one-year MFA program for Cinema & Media Production. THE GUYS NEXT DOOR is her feature-length directorial debut.

Director/Producer/Director of Photography
Allie Humenuk is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy nominated cinematographer whose films have been broadcast nationally and internationally and screened at film festivals, museums and schools. Her feature documentary, SHADOW OF THE HOUSE (IFFBoston 2007), about the photographer Abelardo Morell was heralded as “one of the best films ever made on an artist and the artistic process” by Bo Smith, former curator of the film program at the MFA Boston. She was nominated for an Emmy for her camera work on the PBS series “Design Squad.” For over 15 years Allie was the Executive Producer at Vida Health Communications where she created media about public health issues. She has taught film and video production at Harvard University and the Massachusetts College of Art. Currently, she freelances as a Director, Cinematographer and Editor. THE GUYS NEXT DOOR is her second feature film.

Sabrina Zanella-Foresi is a feature-length documentary editor/producer whose editing credits include: THE RISE AND FALL OF PENN STATION (2014) and HENRY FORD (2013), both for PBS' American Experience; PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY by Ross McElwee (2011); ANIMAS PERDIDAS: LOST SOULS (PBS Independent Lens, 2009); THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER (2008); SHADOW OF THE HOUSE: PHOTOGRAPHER ABELARDO MORELL, directed by Allie Humenuk (IFFBoston 2007); TWISTED (PBS Independent Lens, 2007); A JEW AMONG THE GERMANS (PBS Frontline, 2005). Sabrina has also taught Film/Video Production and Film Studies at Boston area universities, and currently teaches the "Editing the Documentary" intensive at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.