Gut-wrenching news began to circulate around New York, Park City and the entire independent film community this morning when word went out that acclaimed editor Karen Schmeer, longtime collaborator of Errol Morris, was killed in a hit-and-run accident Friday night in Manhattan.
Schmeer worked with Morris on FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL, MR. DEATH and the Oscar-winning FOG OF WAR. She is credited as a co-editor of Morris' most recent film, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE. She also edited Robb Moss' THE SAME RIVER TWICE, Sidney Pollack's SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY and Lucia Small's MY FATHER, THE GENIUS.
Moments ago, Morris broke the news on Twitter:
SENSELESS TRAGEDY: My beloved editor Karen Schmeer was killed last night by a car used in the robbery of a drugstore. She was 39 years old.
There is expected to be a moment of tribute to Schmeer at tonight's Sundance Film Festival Awards, where Schmeer received the Editing Award last year for her work on Greg Barker's SERGIO. Barker is reportedly going to present this year's editing prize at tonight's ceremony. [Update: You can read the text of Barker's remarks here.]
According to an early article in the New York Times, Schmeer (not named in the article) was crossing Broadway near West 90th Street when she was struck, just before 8 PM.
Thanks to Garret Savage, Karen's friend and fellow editor, for the above photograph.