Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based film writer and historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals, and the movie-going public. Educated at Stanford University, she is an Emmy-nominated film editor and the author of two acclaimed books about editing. Cut to the Chase is based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen, and is filled with stories from the cutting room and behind the scenes on such landmark films as The Graduate and Chinatown. Her second book, The Invisible Cut, deconstructs classic movie scenes from such films as Rear Window and The French Connection through a cut-by-cut analysis. O’Steen’s next project is an authoritative, media-rich eBook called “Making the Cut at Pixar” about the editor’s pioneering role in computer animation.
O’Steen has hosted evenings honoring master editors involving screening and discussion at UCLA Film and Television Archive, Emerson College, NYU and 92Y Tribeca and is now is partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop for an ongoing series called “Inside the Cutting Room.” She also moderates panels for American Cinema Editors’ EditFest and, in addition, provides commentary and interviews for Criterion Collection releases of such classic films as “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Don’t Look Now” “In Cold Blood” and “The Graduate.” O’Steen has taught graduate film workshops at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has recently created an ongoing course entitled “Making the Cut,” which is based on her interviews and examines the art and technique of master editors. She contributes to such publications as Editors Guild Magazine and Cinema Editor Magazine, the latter recently naming her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”