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Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E., and Vincent LoBrutto To Receive Robert Wise Award From the American Cinema Editors (ACE)

hollywoodnews.com: American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honor former Editor-In-Chief and Editor of the ACE magazine CinemaEditor (CE), Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E., and Vincent LoBrutto, respectively, with the Robert Wise Award at the 61st Annual ACE Eddie Awards on February 19, 2011 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Robert Wise Award recognizes a journalist whose writing has contributed significantly in elevating public consciousness to the crucial role of editing in the filmmaking process.

“For almost 10 years, Edgar and Vinny shared an undying commitment to CinemaEditor. With their passion for the craft and art of editing, both have worked tirelessly to highlight the post-production process of film and television projects,” stated the ACE Board of Directors. “With this, they are the perfect choice to the receive the Robert Wise Award.”

At the 50th Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony, Robert Wise presented the inaugural award to Jack Tucker, A.C.E., a film editor who also served as the editor of CinemaEditor for several years. Rather than bestow the honor annually, the ACE Board meets each year to determine if any literary or journalistic work significant to editing meets the criteria of the Robert Wise Award and, if so, they vote on who will be recognized. Former recipients of the award include Steven Cohen, A.C.E., former Editor of the Editor’s Guild magazine, and novelist/writer, Michael Ondaatje.

As previously announced, the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, recognizing a filmmaker of extraordinary vision, will go to Christopher Nolan and the Lifetime Career Achievement Award will go to veteran editors Michael Brown, A.C.E., and Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

All Honorees are chosen and voted on by the ACE Board of Directors.

Edgar Burcksen – Cinema Editor’s Editor-in-Chief and Vinny LoBrutto – Cinema Editor’s Editor

Ten years ago, Edgar Burcksen began his journey with CE with his article “The Psychology of the Editing Room.” Jack Tucker, A.C.E., who was editing the magazine before Burcksen arrived, had resigned. It was then taken over by Chris Cook, A.C.E, who soon turned the magazine over to Burcksen.

Around the same time, when Tina Hirsch became the first female president of ACE, New York-based Vinny LoBrutto wrote her an e-mail congratulating her, not knowing how it would ultimately change his life. She wrote back and asked if he would like to be a Special Member of ACE, which later led to his work on the magazine

For the longest time, Edgar and Vinny created the magazine by emailing each other. It was not until 2009 when they actually met in person. Despite living on separate coasts, Burcksen and LoBrutto worked tirelessly on a shared vision for the magazine – highlighting the aesthetics of editing, not simply the technicality. One of their most notable article series is “The Art of Editing.” Both worked hard to give the magazine direction and stay current with what is happening in the industry at large.

A point of pride in developing CE during their tenure was increasing the magazine readership. When they began in 2001, it was a very small magazine: 500 to 600 people subscribed, mostly ACE members. Currently, the magazine is on newsstands, with subscribers who are not ACE members and it has gained a lot of notoriety in the industry.


AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors 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.
The objectives and purposes of the AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS are to advance the art and science of the editing profession; to increase the entertainment value of motion pictures by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of editing; to bring into close alliance those editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession.
ACE produces several annual events including EditFest (a weekend editing festival in the summer), Invisible Art/Visible Artists (annual panel of Oscar® nominated editors), and the ACE Eddie Awards, now in its 60th year, recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television and documentaries. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, CinemaEditor, highlighting the art, craft and business of editing and editors.

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