Dede Allen to be honored

22 12 2007

HOLLYWOOD – On January 5th, 2008, The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) will present its 2008 Fellowship and Service Award to veteran film editor Dede Allen, A.C.E. The ceremony will take place at MPEG’s ( annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner at Loews in Santa Monica. Actor Warren Beatty will present the award to Allen. Beatty and Allen both worked on the films Bonnie and Clyde and Reds.

The Fellowship and Service Award acknowledges a member who exhibits not only exemplary skill in the craft of editing, but also a set of values which include professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor. The award was first presented in 2007 to veteran editor Donn Cambern, A.C.E.

Allen began her film career in 1943 as a messenger at Columbia Pictures. She quickly found her passion in the cutting room, working with director Robert Wise on Odds Against Tomorrow. Her career went on to include credits in Reds, Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, The Hustler, Alice’s Restaurant, Slaughterhouse Five, The Milagro Beanfield War, Dog Day Afternoon, Wonder Boys, and Serpico. She is currently editing Fireflies in the Garden, slated for 2008 release.

“The combination of her passionate contribution to the making of a movie, her loving generosity in helping and training others to make movies, and her dedication to perfection puts Dede Allen in a class by herself,” says Beatty.

from Post Magazine

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