Toby Shimin


Toby Shimin, Editor


Classes taught:
Documentary Masters

Editor Toby Shimin began her film career as a sound editor, and switched to picture editing in 1988 when she cut THE CHILDREN'S STOREFRONT, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Since then, she has edited numerous films that have premiered at Sundance, including HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, which won a Peabody Award; A LEAP OF FAITH; MARTHA & ETHEL; MISS AMERICA; EVERYTHING'S COOL and the Sundance Audience Award winning films OUT OF THE PAST; THIS IS HOME and BUCK, which was also short-listed for an Academy Award. In 2017, she received the prestigious Documentary Editing Award at the Woodstock Film Festival for HBO's 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE. She edited THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY, which premiered at Sundance 2018, and was broadcast on EPIX, and for which Toby is nominated for a 2019 News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Editing.

Her most recent film, ERNIE & JOE, won a Jury Prize at SXSW where it premiered; the film will be broadcast on HBO in Fall 2019. Toby is a principal of Dovetail Films, a production and editing company she co-founded with Dina Guttmann in 2001. She continues to serve as a mentor for the Edit and Story labs at the Sundance Institute, is on the advisory board of Full Frame and is co-curator of the documentary film series Depot Docs in her Hudson Valley home town. She studied film at Hampshire College, where she earned a Bachelors of Arts.

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SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020
February 13, 2020

SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020

Winter is nearly behind us which means its time to kick off the 2020 festival season! 

SocDoc has a strong showing at South By Southwest this year. So if you' Read More
Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops
January 15, 2020

Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops

Interested in improving your documentary skills? Here are five workshops which can give you a whole range of skills to explore the wonderland of documentary. Whatever your professional background, these small classes will provide targeted and hands-o Read More
Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!
January 14, 2020

Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!

The SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 has announced their line up, which includes seven SocDoc titles!

In the US Documentary Competition, three of the sixteen selected features have SocDoc Alumni and Faculty on crew:
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DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!
October 21, 2019

DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!

We are thrilled to see so many SocDoc filmmakers a part of this year’s DOC NYC line-up! DOC NYC, America's largeset documentary festival, is entering it's tenth year, November 6-15, 2019. We are proud long-time supporters of the festiva Read More