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Esther Shubinski


Documentary filmmaker, editor and camerawoman Esther Shubinski is a lecturer in the Department of Film, Theater and Television.

Her documentary debut Out of Love, a personal exploration of love, marriage and family, premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. She edited her husband Battiste Fenwick's documentary Una Chanza Más, which also premiered at Telluride. It was the first time in the 40-year history of the festival that a married couple showed two separate films in the same year. Shubinski shoots and edits for French TV networks such as TF1, France 3, Arte, M6, LCP, TV 5 Monde and France 24.

With French and Native American roots, Shubinski grew up in the South of France and moved to the United States when she was 16. She studied film at UC Berkeley and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Motion Picture Association of America Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production Fellowship, the Jack Oakie Award and the Mary Pickford Award, which she won twice, in two consecutive years.

Shubinski recently co-edited the documentary Something's Gonna Live, by Oscar-nominated director Daniel Raim. The latest documentary she edited, The Art of Observing Life, by renowned Russian filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya, premiered at IDFA, the world's largest documentary film festival. Shubinski is currently editing the feature documentary Weed the People, an investigation into the controversial use of medicinal marijuana, produced by Ricky Lake and Abby Epstein. With Fenwick, Shubinski is now producing and directing their new documentary, Children on Trial, about the fate of the tens of thousands of children who come to the United States unaccompanied and undocumented.