Fine Cuts, our consultation program, returns to Rough Cuts for year 3!

After screening at Rough Cuts, our filmmakers are paired with a seasoned director/editor, who provides consultations to the filmmaker in an effort to respond to the feedback at Rough Cuts and, also, develop and fine-tune the film as the cut approaches picture lock.

The consultation program is intended to deepen our support of filmmakers and their works-in-progress, by providing guidance for the steps following screening with us, as well as ensuring that filmmakers make it to the finishing line with the best film possible.

Filmmakers selected for Rough Cuts will automatically be accepted in the program. Participation, which is free, is optional.

Our consultants for Year 3 are listed below.

Ken Schneider is a veteran editor who has cut over 30 feature-length documentaries, and whose work has appeared on PBS' American Masters, POV, Independent Lens, on HBO, and in television and film festivals worldwide. His editing credits include "Regret to Inform" 1998, an Academy Award-nominee; "Ralph Ellison: An American Journey: (2005), Sundance Film Festival; "Bolinao 52" (2006), winner of two regional Emmys; and "A Fierce Green Fire" (2012), Sundance Film Festival.

Ken Schneider

Karen Everett is one of the world's leading documentary story consultants, as well as an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Founder of New Doc Editing, LLC, she has helped hundreds of filmmakers structure transformational documentaries for PBS, HBO, Sundance and other top film festivals. She has directed and produced five of her own documentaries, including the award-winning PBS biography "I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs." She is currently directing "American Visionary: The Story of Barbara Marx Hubbard," aimed at PBS.

Karen Everett

Jessie Deeter is the producer of “Who Killed The Electric Car?,” which premiered at Sundance and was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. She co-produced “Revenge of the Electric Car,” which returned to PBS’s “Independent Lens” for an encore screening in April 2014 after its 2011 debut. Jessie's directing credits include “Death by Fire,” which led PBS's “Frontline” season in 2010 and “Spark: A Burning Man Story,” which debuted at SXSW in 2013 and will air on “Showtime” in 2014.

Jessie Deeter

Sari Gilman is an award-winning filmmaker and editor whose directorial debut, "Kings Point," was nominated for an Academy Award. As an editor, she was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for her work on Rory Kennedy's "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib." Recently, she was the editor and writer on Dawn Porter's "Trapped," which premiered at Sundance and was awarded a Peabody. She is currently working on a film about the wildly divergent views on Israel within her own Jewish family.

Sari Gilman

Lawrence Lerew has edited numerous documentary films and also works as a producer and sound recordist. His editing credits include Stanley Nelson's "Wounded Knee," which screened at Sundance in 2009; the Oscar-nominated "The Most Dangerous Man in America" (2009); "The Waiting Room" (2012), which was Emmy nominated for Best Documentary Editing and won the Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit award; and "The Kill Team" (2013), which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at The Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Lawrence has also been granted a filmmaking fellowship from The Sundance Institute.

Lawrence Lerew