Toby Shimin

Editor

Toby Shimin, Editor


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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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