[PAST EVENT] The Process: A DIY Guide to Editing Documentaries - Zach Keifer ‘07

February 16, 2018
Swem Library, Reeder Media Center
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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This workshop will be split into two parts. The first part will be a screening of the short documentary film, The Ruination of Lovell Coleman (2017). The second part will be an in depth discussion on the process of editing The Ruination of Lovell Coleman (2017). The workshop will discuss strategies for organizing large amounts of footage, and will also cover the concepts of crafting story structure, collaborative editing and managing deadlines.


Zach Keifer ’07 grew up an Army brat living in 8 different states before reaching the age of 13. An introvert by nature and not desire, he was immediately drawn to the art of filmmaking for its ability to translate his imagination into reality. Zach holds a BA in Film Studies from The College of William and Mary and is a graduate of the six-week 16mm filmmaking course at the NY Film Academy. Zach met his current business partner, Gabe, while crewing on the feature length horror film, House Hunting (2011). Together, they co-own the production company Folk Hero Films which has released two feature documentaries and countless other short films. Zach recently was a co-editor on the short documentary The Ruination of Lovell Coleman which won the audience award for Best Short Documentary at the Virginia Film Festival (2017). He is currently the editor for another feature documentary, Blue Ridge Barnum, as well as directing and editing his own documentary about the Charlottesville video rental store, Sneak Reviews. He is a seasoned mentor for Light House Studio, a not for profit film academy, teaching production skills to children under 18. Zach currently makes a home in Charlottesville, VA where he resides with his DVD collection,1 dog, 1 cat, 1 baby boy, and his wife Teresa.