Karen Schmeer’s death in 2010 — she was killed by a car fleeing a drug store robbery in New York — was a tragedy. The BU grad was one of the most talented film editors of her generation, working closely with Cambridge director Errol Morris on his documentaries “Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control,” “Mr. Death,” and the Oscar-winning “Fog of War.”
Not long after Schmeer’s death — she was just 39 — the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship was created to honor her memory and also to encourage and champion others skilled enough to follow in her outsize footprints.
This year’s recipient, announced Wednesday, is Kristin Bye, editor of the documentary “Obit,” a documentary about the process of writing obituaries for The New York Times. Bye will receive the award next week at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
The yearlong fellowship — it’s the only documentary editing fellowship in the United States — includes mentorship, passes to film festivals, and a collection of Schmeer’s films. Bye’s mentors will be Sabine Krayenbühl (“The Price of Everything,” “Letters From Baghdad”), Michael Levine (“Restrepo,” “The Cruise”), and Enat Sidi (“Jesus Camp,” “The Wolfpack”).
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