The American Cinema Editors have broken tradition for the first time in their history and decided to present the Sundance Institute with their highest honor, the ACE Golden Eddie Award.
The award traditionally recognizes a filmmaker who exemplifies distinguished achievement in the art and business of film, so this marks the first time the ACE Board has voted to honor an organization rather than an individual, according to ACE president Kevin Tent.
Tent called the Sundance Institute “an organization that over the last 40 years has done more than any other to democratize and diversify cinema in America. An organization that has supported and nurtured the voices of countless filmmakers, many of whom have been honored by ACE in the past. We are thrilled to recognize the extraordinary contributions that the Sundance Institute has made on our art, industry, and American cinema as a whole.”
Michelle Satter, the Sundance Institute’s Founding Senior Director of Artist Programs, will accept the honor on behalf of the organization. As a key executive of the Leadership Team, Satter has been one of the chief architects of the Institute’s programs since 1981 and currently leads all programs supporting scripted storytelling.
The Golden Eddie will be given out at the 72nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony at the ACE Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on March 5. Past recipients of the award include Quentin Tarantino, Kathleen Kennedy, Christopher Nolan, Lauren Shuler Donner, Guillermo del Toro, Spike Lee, Vince Gilligan, J.J. Abrams, Nancy Meyers, Martin Scorsese, Norman Jewison, Robert Zemeckis, and George Lucas, among many other accomplished filmmakers.
Founded in 1950, ACE is an honorary society of motion picture editors who are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others, and their commitment to the craft of editing.