Aaron Wickenden is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated editor with extensive professional experience in many aspects of the independent filmmaking process. He is regarded for bringing a tireless work ethic and playful spirit to each of his creative collaborations... including the Oscar nominated film Finding Vivian Maier. In 2014 he was recruited by Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and acclaimed author Robert Gordon (Respect Yourself) to edit their film Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere in competition at Sundance 2015 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures/Participant for theatrical release. In a recent interview Neville describes hiring Wickenden: "Docs, in general, are made in the edit bay, archival docs even more so... We brought in Aaron Wickenden, who cut Finding Vivian Maier, and he’s amazing." Most recently Wickenden edited two documentary features that will be released in 2018: Generation Wealth (AMAZON STUDIOS) and Won’t You be my Neighbor? (FOCUS FEATURES). Wickenden is currently cutting his 3rd picture with Neville, which is about Orson Welles and his final/unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind.
Wickenden started at Kartemquin as an intern in 2002 and has since collaborated on five KTQ projects. In 2014 along with filmmaker Dan Rybicky, he Co-Directed and Produced his first feature documentary for Kartemquin titled Almost There. The project was awarded an Art in Technology Residency at the Wexner Center in Ohio, as well as sponsorship by AVID, and finishing funds from The Independent Television Service (ITVS). The film premiered at DOC NYC in 2014, was hailed by the Indiana Post Tribune as "Hilarious, heartbreaking, and haunting... a brilliant piece of work and a must-see." During it’s highly successful film festival release the film won the coveted Audience Award at the prestigious EIDF film festival in Seoul, South Korea, numerous jury awards, and was nominated for the CinemaEye Spotlight Award. The film is now available on ITunes and also as a special edition DVD in the KTQ shop.
In 2014 Wickenden was chosen as one of the top 10 filmmakers working in Chicago by New City who went on to call him "an unassuming but essential talent... [with] a knack for structure and for rhythms". He was again honored by New City in 2016 who now chose him as one of the top 5 filmmakers working from Chicago. He is committed to helping grow the documentary editing community and has spoken at numerous educational events including a 2014 masterclass for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Foundation, a 2015 editing masterclass at BIG SKY, an editing masterclass in London for the Bertha Doc House, and a discussion at True/False called Try a Little Tenderness. In 2015 he was chosen to be a Firelight Media Producer's Lab Mentor, which is "...for talented and independent filmmakers of color... as a way to provide infrastructure support for diverse producers to help overcome some of the barriers to completing their film." In April of 2015 he was invited to join ACE, an honorary society of motion picture editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession. In June of 2017 he was invited to join the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Films by Aaron Wickenden
- Almost There 2014
- Producer/Directors, Editor and Cinematographer, Still Photography
- The Homestretch 2014
- thank you
- The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013
- The Interrupters 2011
- Edited by, Post-Production Supervisor, Still Photographer
- At the Death House Door 2008
- Edited by, Co-Producers, Post Production Supervisor
- The New Americans 2003
- Post Production Coordinator
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