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 film editors at UCLA Film and Television Archive, Emerson College, NYU and 92Y Tribeca. She is also partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop for an ongoing series, “Inside the Cutting Room,” and moderates panels for American Cinema Editors’ EditFest. She has taught at the American Film Institute, graduate film workshops at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has created an ongoing course, “Making the Cut,” based on her interviews with over sixty editors. In addition, O’Steen provides commentary and discussion for Criterion Collection releases of such classic films as “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Don’t Look Now,” “In Cold Blood,” and “The Graduate” and contributes to such publications as Editors Guild Magazine and Cinema Editor Magazine, the latter naming her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”