Stacy Goldate

A little about me...

I am a collage-maker, a writer, a surgeon. 
At least that’s how I feel when I edit. 
And I sometimes dance in my bay. Because editing requires energy. 
I specialize in storytelling. It doesn’t matter how good it looks if it says nothing. 
I believe in watching every frame of the footage. It makes me cut faster. 
And you never know what you’ve got unless you study it all.
I love collaboration. I play well with others. I smile often.

A little more...

I started editing back in 1992 when I had an internship with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. It was audio only, of course, but it taught me how to tell a story with sound. I moved into tv news in Nashvile, TN a year later and soon realized that independent filmmaking was better suited for me. I didn’t want to be restricted by news formats and more important - I wanted to tell the kinds of stories that the mainstream media ignored.

In 1994, I started working for one of the oldest film festivals in the US - Sinking Creek - now called The Nashville International Film & Video Festival. I studied documentaries like Ross McElwee’s “Time Indefinite” and experimental works like “Frank Film” by Frank & Caroline Mouris. Those films still inspire me.

In 1996, I completed my first documentary, called “Lucy Barks!” It told the story of Nashville’s all-ages punk rock club and record store: Lucy’s Record Shop. I filmed bands like Bikini Kill, Lois, and Brainiac almost every weekend for over a year, along with dozens of young folks who spent much of their free time there.

I moved to Chicago that same year and worked for numerous non-profits, including Women in the Director’s Chair - a film festival and media collective that provided community for women artists and activists for over 25 years. It was at WIDC that I learned about video artists and filmmakers like Chantal Akerman and Marlon Riggs, and made many friends and collaborators. I teamed up with KJ Mohr to make a short filmed called “Annie Complex” that combined documentary interviews, super 8 dramas, and animation by Sara Varon, to talk about our obsession with the musical “Annie.”

In 2000, I started the MFA program in Film & Video at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I also joined the Video Machete collective and taught free video-making workshops to youth. My favorite classes were Queer M.A.G.I.K. for queer and questioning youth and allies, as well as a multi-media workshop studying the P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act when it was hastily passed after 9/11. Yes, we read the whole damn thing.

In 2004, I completed my first feature, “Dominatrix Waitrix” and participated in the “War, What is it Good For?” exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art with the collective, Artist Emergency Response. 

And then the student loans and credit card debt from the films I made kicked in. So I decided to take all of my experience to Los Angeles and edit for tv and film. Nine years later, I’ve edited more than a dozen tv shows, four feature documentaries, a few music videos, a couple movie trailers, and many short films. 

I also love to write and recently produced a short film that I wrote called Cat Power. Craig A. Colton directed it and we have many more projects in the works. 

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