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Isabel Sadurni is a Motion Picture  Editor and Producer with over 15 years experience in filmmaking. She collaborates on feature films, shorts and series with independent and commercial filmmakers who share the belief  that a story told well can change the world. Her work includes award winning feature-length documentaries and short narratives that have played in top-tier festivals and on HBO, PBS and The Discovery Channel. Her focus is in working on films that are vehicles for change for people, for communities and for the planet. She's especially supportive of female driven narratives and diversity in building crews. With every project, her goal is to recognize shared values and goals, build a strong emotional connection to a specific audience and lift the material to its highest potential through creative collaboration.
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VICE FOR HBO: TRANSYOUTH

Isabel Sadurni: Additional Editor

Documentary VICE on HBO Broadcast U.SA., 30 mins,  2017,

As the debate continues over which bathroom transgender people should use, a more complex question is emerging about how early the medical transition begins for trans kids. Families and doctors are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before transgender youth hit puberty. VICE explores this emotionally charged and rapidly evolving issue with trans youth and their parents in the midst of that intense process.

                HBO's transyouth is a powerful reminder of the need for acceptance -- Bustle Magazine

A refreshing direction in approaching the issues faced by the trans community -- The Sophian

                                                                                This episode of HBO’s VICE couldn’t be more relevant after Trump and his administration withdrew transgender bathroom                                                                                                protections.                                  --Awardsdaily.com

If prompted, follow the link to VIMEO, password: transyouth

Need to build a narrative foundation for multiple character threads simultaneous to shooting their stories? That's exactly what we did.


WHAT I DID:

Working with Emmy award nominated VICE Producer,  Beverly Chase  and Emmy award winning Executive Producer Tim Clancy, I built scenes that hit both the emotional core and sharpened the personal obstacles of a character in telling the story of the controversial issue of using of hormone blockers in todays youth ages 5-18.. In creating a piece about the oldest transgender subject preparing for top surgery, we focused on dramatizing the stigmas associated with presenting publically as the alternate gender and how to navigate finding a sense of self, belonging and home after being abandoned by one's family. While we couldn't address thescope of this complex issue within the 30 minute time limit, we could encourage opening a conversation with the audience to guide and shape future episodes on transgender issues. 


 

The American Nurse: Healing America

Isabel Sadurni: Lead Editor

Documentary Feature Film, HD, U.SA., 81 mins,  2015, American Film Showcase selection, for the U.S. State Department

"This is one of the best films you'll see this year, documentary or otherwise. . . It's hard to walk away from The American Nurse unmoved." -- The Aisle Seat
 
 
" A compassionate and psychologically revealing doc. . . accessible not only to Americans of any philosophical stripe but . . . to viewers in other countries." -- The Hollywood Reporter

How to interweave five characters work and lives covering wildly diverse territories under an overarching theme of nursing in America? Take a peek.

WHAT I DID

Building upon the success of The American Nurse book of portraits, this multi-platform release required the documentary feature to expand upon previously established themes of real-life heroism and extraordinary compassion. Working with Director Carolyn Jones’ initial ideas, I interwove back-story and home life for five separate characters, established their spiritual quest, distinguished a unique tone for each character using a palette of regional visuals and sound design. I then built a rake of escalating obstacles and resolution within an overarching 3-act structure.

The American Nurse explores some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons - through the work and lives of five nurses. 

Director: Carolyn Jones
Producer: Lisa Frank
D.P.: Jaka Vinsek                            
Distributor: DigiNext

              


THE NEWARK PROJECT

Isabel Sadurni: Editor

Feature Documentary for ITVS/PBS, Ford Foundation Grantee

How to build personal investment and emotional momentum into a scene founded on communicating potentially drystatistics and school agendas. Watch this.

WHAT I DID

Focusing on Newark Quitmen Renew School Principal, Erskine Glover, we highlighted his personal background as the psychological motivation behind motivating the students in his in "under-performing" public school. We emphasized the challenges and obstacles implemented by city funding.Principal Erskine Glover and his staff take on one of the hardest –– and most important –– jobs in the nation. See all our Special Reports

Erskine Glover wants to see Quitman in demand like Newark’s top charter schools. Photo: Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight When Sara Neufeld wrote in The…

 

 

Here, former school Principalnow Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Ras Baraka lends his powerful presence to a story of community activism in which a group of parents teachers and students fight to take back their public school system from corrupt public education officials.

 

 

WHAT I DID

We outlined five acts as a political thriller then built motives and plot twists for each characters throughline all while ensuring the  heartbeat of the film stayed strong. we experimented with historical scenes, community activism scenes, confessional video diary scenes. The greatest challenge? To build trust with a director who had noursihed this project for over 5 years and assure him that letting go of certain pockets of material would serve a more powerful and accessible story.

Producer/Director: Ouida Washington/Derek Koen

Supervising Editor: Sam Pollard

Distributor: TBD


WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL

Isabel Sadurni: Editor

Feature-length documentary about the art, life and writing of one of The New Yorker magazine's most brazen and popular film critics.

Director/Producer: Rob Garver

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"From the moment Kael began as a film critic at The New Yorker, at the start of 1968, she presided over the movies in the manner of Béla Károlyi watching a gymnast on the balance beam—shouting directives, excoriating every flub, and cheering uncontrollably when a filmmaker stuck his landing. She spent much of her career chastening Hollywood’s excesses while brushing off complaints about immoderation on her own part. She did not regard this as a hypocritical endeavor. Kael wrote quickly and at length, regularly pulling all-nighters into her Tuesday deadlines with the help of cigarettes and bourbon (till she gave up both). Her kinetic passion, her chatty-seatmate prose, and her detail-heckling made her a pop-culture oracle in an era that desperately needed one."

-Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

 

You have amazing material but haven't yet nailed story structure? We can build it. Maximize compelling storytelling, complex character arcs and emotional highs and lows to rivet your audience. Investors, sales agents, distributors -- We have a business plan for this little pony-- Ask us about participation. Below find an excerpt featuring Author Greil Marcus on Pauline Kael's pivotal review of BONNIE AND CLYDE (Dir: Arthur Penn, 1967)

WHAT I DID

Producer- Director Rob Garver had an incredible subject in telling the story of film critic Pauline Kael, 43 gorgeously lit interviews with contemporary film luminaries such as Quentin Tarantino, David O'Russell, Paul Schrader, James Toback, Greil Marcus, Philip Lopate and Molly Haskell all waxing poetic about the influence and impact of the work of Pauline Kael, He had a vision, but hadn't yet nailed the story structure. We talked in detail about what kind of story he wanted to tell, who he identified as his target audience, the emotional throughline and the impact he wanted to make with his film. Here'sa peek at music and culture critic Greil Marcus speaking on the force of Pauline Kael's writing.


THE CRITERION COLLECTION

Isabel Sadurni: Editor

Documentary, 10- 55 mins, Over 40 feature supplements edited

How to create momentum using sit-down interviews, stills and referential clips? It's a snap when the footage is sourced from cinematic masterworks.

Selection from Editing The THIN RED LINE, Shaping A Terence Malick Film

WHAT I DID

From Kurosawa to Vigo, Rossellini to Malick, I worked with multiple Criterion Producers to create rich, in-depth contextual explorations of the personal, historical and cultural significance of classical and contemporary cinematic masterpieces. Edits involved interweaving interviews with historians, scholars, critics and artists.  I've been honored to create over 40 supplemental documentaries, ranging in length from 10 to 55 minutes.


IF I COULD TELL YOU ONE THING

Isabel Sadurni: Editor/Producer/Camera/Director

Documentary Series, HD, 3-4 mins vignettes

What happens when a filmmaker asks an elder for advice? This series of 2-mins vignettes encourages an exchange of wisdom across the generations and documents the heartfelt, candid, and surprising responses to the question about what’s essential to living a good life. Make them available to your classroom or wellness community: isabel@isabelsadurni.com

How to shape inspiring vignettes that tell a compelling emotional story featuring non-actors in 3 to 4 minutes? Watch this.

WHAT I DID

Working collaboratively with community members, I filmed interviews then created illustrative visuals and sound design directly inspired by true life events, dreams, and drawings. Each short film is nothing less than a summation of what gives meaning to life after overcoming life’s greatest challenge