March 2014 Spotlight: Thelma Schoonmaker, Film Editor, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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awfjspotlightsmallsmallThis month, AWFJ’s Spotlight is focused on Thelma Schoonmaker, film editor extraordinaire.

With her sharp eye for the best take and a talent for making any scene look really bad-ass, Schoonmaker brilliantly showcased her skills in The Wolf of Wall Street. Read on…

As the long time friend and collaborator of Martin Scorsese, this cutting edge lady honed the film from its original four-hour version to the sharp 179-minute work of art that is arguably the most controversial film of 2013.

Courtesy, Credit: Jake Chessum
Courtesy, Credit: Jake Chessum

Schoonmaker deftly delivered unforgettable scenes loaded with outrageous sex, and drug escapades with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.

Obviously this is not the first time Schoonmaker has dazzled audiences. Since she met Scorsese in 1963 at NYU and edited his first feature, Who’s That Knocking At My Door?, she’s worked with the master filmmaker on all of the 18 feature films he’s directed since Raging Bull — which, coincidentally, brought her the first of her three Oscars, while he has thus far received just one.

Why we chose her:
Thelma Schoonmaker deserved the Academy’s nod this year for the Best Editing Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street. We’re giving it to her here. After all, what would this Best Picture nominee be without Thelma’s finishing touch – a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

— by Julide Tanriverdi

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Julide Tanriverdi

Julide Tanriverdi is a Turkish-German journalist residing in New York City. In September 1996 she left Berlin to become a New York correspondent for Axel Springer, the prominent German publishing conglomerate. She has contributed during that time to national papers such as Bild, Bild am Sonntag, Die Welt, Berliner Morgenpost and Hamburger Abendblatt. In 2002, she left Axel Springer to become the New York Bureau Chief for Germany’s popular weekly entertainment magazine Gala, a position she held for 12 years. She has covered film festivals (including the Berlinale, Sundance, Toronto Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival as well as the New York Film Festival) on a regular basis, interviewed countless Hollywood stars and filmmakers and has reported from film sets. She is a freelance correspondent for leading international magazines, including Germany’s Geek!, GQ, Glamour, Freundin, Austria’s Die Wienerin and Canada’s Cineplex magazine. She is also a freelance broadcast news producer. Her great interest in film had her venture into filmmaking as well: She is the executive producer of Cathryne Czubek's documentary A Girl and A Gun and the screenwriter of the short film Hotel Terminus by Dorthe Wølner-Hanssen. She is currently working on two feature films called 10 Fucking Days and Bulldog. She serves as Vice President and board member of the AWFJ.