Sam Pollard

In this Master Class session, editor Sam Pollard will examine the technique and art form of film editing, share best practices, and allow attendees to gain insight from an expert in this field.  

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost 30-years and has been recognized through numerous Emmy and George Foster Peabody awards. His first assignment as a documentary producer came in 1989 for Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads. Between 1990 and 2010, Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee’s films: Mo' Better Blues (1990),  Jungle Fever (1991),  Clockers (1995), Girl 6 (1996), and  Bamboozled (2000).

Additionally, Pollard co-produced award-winning documentaries with Lee for the small and big screen, such as When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006). Since 2012, Pollard has completed several documentaries as a producer/director: Slavery By Another Name (2012), which competed at Sundance; August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand (2015) for American Masters; Two Trains Runnin’ (2016), which premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival; and The Talk: Race in America (2017) for Public Broadcasting System and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His latest film, Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, for American Masters premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.