Nancy Richardson has been teaching at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she is a tenured professor, and where she received her M.F.A. after obtaining her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, since 1996.
Her career as a film editor began after working several years as a struggling screenwriter and director. Her first editing feature was Stand and Deliver (1988), for which Edward James Olmos received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination. This was followed by To Sleep With Anger (1990), for director Charles Burnett, which won a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990. She went on to collaborate with Burnett on two more films, The Annihilation of Fish (1999) and Selma, Lord, Selma (1999). She also worked with director Gregory Nava on three films: Mi Familia (1995), Selena (1997) and Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). Richardson edited Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, Miramax’s Down in the Delta (1998), and the Showtime film Hendrix (2000), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. She is very proud of her beginnings in independent film, and is especially proud to have a body of work that is characterized by diversity.
Richardson has worked with many women directors. Thirteen was her first collaboration with Catherine Hardwicke, who won the Sundance Best Director Award for the film in 2003. They went on to work together on Lords of Dogtown (2005), Twilight (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011). Richardson edited the original Step Up, the surprise hit of 2006, for director Anne Fletcher. Other credits include The Last Song (2010), for director Julie Anne Robinson; Love the Coopers (2015) for director Jessie Nelson; and most recently, the MGM-Warner Bros. film Everything, Everything (2017) for director Stella Meghie.
She has also edited a number of high-profile studio films and box-office hits including The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Vow (2012), Carrie (2013), Divergent (2014) and its sequel, Insurgent (2015). One of her favorite collaborations was with director Jonathan Levine on the romantic zombie movie Warm Bodies (2013). She is currently editing director Stephen Mercant’s Fighting With My Family, starring Dwayne Johnson and Lena Headey, set for a 2018 release.
Richardson is a member of American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she has been on the executive Board of the Editor Branch for six years. She has served on the Editors Guild Board of Directors for 19 years.
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