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Award-Winning Filmmaker Joy E. Reed Leads Workshop for MMC Seniors

April 15, 2020
  • Filmmaker Joy E. Reed talks with MMC students on the role of assistant editors on film and documentary projects. 
Reed, who co-directed the documentary film Little Miss Westie with MMC’s Dan Hunt, MFA, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts, led students through a virtual workshop on assistant editing as part of this spring’s COMM 405: Production and Distribution courses.

Reed’s documentary work has screened at Sundance, DocNYC, and Tribeca film festivals, and has been shown on HBO and PBS. Using ZOOM, the filmmaker shared their vast experience in technical and creative editing and what the industry looks like for an assistant editor, often a first job for graduating seniors interested in media production. “During these challenging times for students, we have to come up with ways to add dimension to the virtual classroom,” says Hunt, who teaches one of the two sections of the capstone class. “With everyone sheltered in place, there are opportunities to connect with industry folks who may have some down time and a desire to share some wisdom with emerging film and media makers.  Joy is an incredible talent and on the frontline of documentary editing, and they shared info and experience with these two classes that could help catapult their careers.”