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America Cinema Editors Choose Kevin Tent, ACE, as New President


Kevin Tent
Kevin Tent, ACE

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced the results of its 2020 election, including the group’s newly-elected President, Kevin Tent, ACE. The new team in charge was formally announced at the ACE Holiday party, which was held virtually this year.

Tent succeeds Stephen Rivkin, ACE, who has served as the ACE President since 2016 — he will serve a two-year term.

Lillian Benson, ACE was re-elected as Secretary, with Anita Brandt Burgoyne, ACE, Dorian Harris, ACE, Sabrina Plisco, ACE, Tatiana Riegel, ACE, Andrew Seklir, ACE and Rivkin serving as the group’s Board of Directors. The Associate Board Members are Mark Helfrich, ACE, Michael Ornstein, ACE, Terilyn Shropshire, ACE and Troy Takaki, ACE, all of them elected for two-year terms. They join the existing board of Carol Littleton, ACE, who remains Vice President, Stephen Lovejoy, ACE as Treasurer, and Board Members: Jacqueline Cambas, ACE, Maysie Hoy, ACE, Bonnie Koehler, ACE and Mary Jo Markey, ACE.

ACE Executive Director Jenni McCormick, said about Tent’s appointment, “Kevin has always been a fierce supporter of ACE, first as a Board member and now as President. We could not be more excited and proud of this new leadership team that ACE members have elected and look forward to working together to continue with our organization’s mission statement of illuminating and advancing the craft of film editing.”

Here’s some more information about Kevin Tent, ACE:

Kevin Tent, ACE has been a professional film editor for nearly 30 years. He is best known for his long time collaboration with director Alexander Payne. Their first project together was Payne’s Sundance hit Citizen Ruth, starring Laura Dern, followed by the critically-acclaimed hit Election starring Reese Witherspoon (for which Tent earned his first ACE Eddie Award nomination). Tent received his second ACE nomination for About Schmidt starring Jack Nicholson and his third for Sideways, starring Thomas Haden Church, Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen. In 2011 Tent was nominated for both an ACE Eddie and an Academy Award® for his editing on The Descendants, starring George Clooney. He won the ACE Eddie Award for best edited dramatic film that year. He was also nominated for an ACE award for his work on Nebraska in 2014 and worked with Payne on his most recent film Downsizing, starring Matt Damon.
After attending Los Angeles City College’s film school, Tent got his first break working for legendary producer Roger Corman cutting classic films like Emmanuelle 5 and Not of This Earth. While continuing to hone his skills in the throws of B-movies, Tent also tapped into the emerging US independent film movement cutting the underground hit Guncrazy directed by Tamra Davis and the above mentioned Citizen Ruth by Payne.
Some of Tent’s other credits include Blow, the late Ted Demme’s drug epic starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz; James Mangold’s Girl Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie; Disconnect, directed by Henry Alex Rubin; Welcome To Me,  starring Kristin Wiig; and Parched a foreign-language film by Indian director Leena Yadav. More recently Tent’s credits include Otherhood and the heart warming hit, The Peanut Butter Falcon, tarring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen. Tent has also collaborated on several projects with director Barry Sonnenfeld, has worked with Nancy Meyers and Martin Scorsese on his short film The Audition.

In addition to his association with ACE, he is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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