Kristen Nutile is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in New York City. BIG PARADISE, which she made with her collaborator, JP Olsen, is currently screening at film festivals. She recently edited HEROIN(E) which was nominated for an Academy Award. Kristen’s work has shown all over the world including the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, and she is a recipient of the Albert Maysles Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. She holds Master’s degrees in both Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and Biology from San Francisco State University. She teaches editing at New York Film Academy.
What do I do best?
My hope at what I do best is to create films that will move the human spirt through artistry and human truths.
What makes me the best version of myself?
The best version of myself is patient, thoughtful, conscientious, grateful and passionate.
To continue working with my collaborator, JP Olsen, making films.
My biggest success?
So far was having the film Heroin(e) that I edited nominated for an Academy Award this year.
My most challenging moment?
Working on a film and knowing deep down that a sequence I’ve cut and fallen in love with needs to go for the overall good of the film.
Take the scenic route.
My favorite people and role models?
Include director Albert Maysles, whom I worked with, and the modern dancer Sally Gross, whom I made a film about with Albert.
My favorite place?
I have too many favorite places, but one that stands out in recent memory is Marfa, Texas.
My favorite tool?
Taking a deep breath.
My current passions?
The same as it has been since I started my career. Making films, meeting new directors and other editors and working on films I care about and that I hope other people care about too.