Kristin Bye is a film editor and graphic designer based in New York City and Portland, Oregon. She believes in the power of film, art and storytelling to strengthen our connections to one another and the world around us. She’s especially interested in collaborating on projects where exploration and experimentation are a key part of the editorial process.

Kristin edited Obit, a feature documentary directed by Vanessa Gould about the obituary writers at the New York TimesObit premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, screened at over 40 festivals, and was released theatrically in 2017. NPR called Obit “heartfelt and unshakable” and the New York Times chose it as a Critics' Pick, describing it as “observant, graceful and nonchalantly witty.”

Additional feature credits include Ivory Tower (assistant editor / director: Andrew Rossi / Sundance 2014); Ride, Rise, Roar (assistant editor / director: Hillman Curtis / SXSW 2010); Stray Dog (additional editor / director: Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone); and Inside Job (production assistant / director: Charles Ferguson / 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature).

Kristin also edits short branded, commercial, documentary and fiction films. Clients include Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Daniel Libeskind, Hillman Curtis, Kino Lorber, Knoll, the New York Times, Nokia, Prescriptives, Purpose, Razorfish, R/GA, Steinway & Sons, TED, the United Nations, the World Health Organization and more.

Prior to working in film, Kristin was co-founder and partner of a graphic design studio in Portland, Oregon, for over 10 years. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in International Studies from the University of Washington (Seattle) and studied language, art and design in France for three years. When she’s not busy making things, Kristin loves to explore the world by foot, by bike and through film.

Kristin is delighted to have been chosen as the 2018 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow.

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