In addition to making my own films, I've been editing other people's films for over 16 years. While I have a wide variety of interests, I’m most interested in genre films (especially thrillers, horror, & sci-fi), strange stories, unusual structures, and films with unique characters and feminist narratives. I really like being challenged by an edit, whether it's by simplicity or complexity. I'm never afraid to experiment or try something unexpected to solve a problem. I often think of a Saul Bass quote when I'm editing: "Symbolize and summarize."
As an editor I’ve worked on projects for Guy Maddin (including Keyhole, The Forbidden Room, and his Seances project), Michael Robinson, Kelly Reichardt, the Quay Brothers, Lucy Raven, and Sadie Benning. Since 2003, I’ve edited numerous films for Jennifer Reeder, including Knives and Skin, A Million Miles Away, Blood Below the Skin, and Seven Songs About Thunder. Jennifer often refers to me as "The Timeline Whisperer."
Films I've edited have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlin, Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, Slamdance, Tribeca, and Rotterdam, among others. They've also screened at museums, won numerous awards, been featured as Vimeo Staff Picks, and streamed on Short of the Week. One is even in the collection of both MoMA and the Tate!
I also edit my own films, which have streamed on MUBI, aired on Dutch TV, and won awards at the Slamdance Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Big Muddy Film Festival, among others. My films have also been programmed at Fantastic Fest, Fantasia International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, World Wide Video Festival, Lucca Film Festival, WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, and many other venues around the world. I've also received several awards and fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council for my work. In 2016 I was a fellow at the inaugural Shudder Labs where I developed a feature length horror/sci-fi film.
I have an MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with an emphasis in Photography, and a BFA in Media Studies from the Columbus College of Art & Design. I've appeared as a Fashion “DO” in Vice Magazine and I'm obsessed with vintage clothing. While I don't have any cats, my love of cats has been featured on Buzzfeed (#12). I also co-host a monthly jigsaw puzzle club (I really like putting images together!).
Some of my favorite examples of editing in films can be found in The Birds, Hiroshima Mon Amour, the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, Magnolia, Crash (Cronenberg), Friday Night, The Prestige, Don't Look Now, The Silence of the Lambs, The Player, Body Double, and Dressed to Kill.
You can find out more about me and my films at www.mikeolenick.com.