Sandra Adair, ACE

Born 1952

Sandra Adair, ACE works in both documentary and narrative editing. At the start of her career, she often worked as assistant editor for her brother Robert Estrin on films such as Desert Hearts and Internal Affairs. Since 1993 she has edited all of Richard Linklater’s films, including Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, and Me and Orson Welles. She has also co-produced several Linklater films. Adair received an Oscar nomination and won the ACE Award for Boyhood. She also edited the documentaries Fast Food Nation and Bernie.

“My job is to go into what we have and pull out the gems that best respect the vision of the director…A lot of moments peek out, and then you try to carve around so it can surface a little bit better. Other times, you just have to wait to see how you can make them emerge.”
A sculptor of film, Sandra Adair shapes the movies we all want to be watching” by Hannah Morrow. The full text can be found in the Appendix.