Lindsay Mofford Editor / Humanitarian
I started out assisting in big studio blockbusters like Sliver, Se7en and The Rock. I got a chance to see how the best
editors of that genre were working - it really whetted my appetite to go in that direction. I've loved action movies ever
since I was a little girl living in Spain. Yet I've always needed to stay flexible - no good movie is really just one genre.
I did a lot of work in documentary with some really top people like Frederick Wiseman. I worked with him for six years
back in Boston on a bunch of his films, and then with Michael Apted and Phil Joanou on Age 7 in America when I came out to
All that cinema verité experience proved invaluable during some of my more recent projects with Displaced Films. I was
both the supervising editor of their PBS episodic series Senior Year and the editor and co-producer of their film Funny Old
Guys for HBO. All that kind of stuff taught me to catch the really little things that make up a story, raised eyebrows -
little pauses in conversation - things that make it real.
I did a number of independent features that caught my eye, like In The Bag, Theme: Murder and Disturbing the Peace -
they really were a weird combination of Documentary and Fiction. I actually got a lot of good experience. In Children’s
Television, I eventually became the senior editor for The Journey of Allen Strange, for Nickelodeon. I found that you have
to really understand the art of storytelling when it comes to children - they have a uncanny ability to smell if it's right
or not - the pacing - the characterizations...it has to be economical and right on the mark or it doesn't work. So I feel
like I've been bringing all these disparate styles of storytelling together over the course of my career.
When Dan McCarthy brought me Irish Eyes I was pretty excited - I was always intrigued by the politics of Boston. There
always seemed to be such a cozy relationship with some of the outlandish criminal elements of the city. It wasn't your run
of the mill corruption - there was a sort of "Robin Hood" myth going on there I think. Everybody in Boston was
following it in the newspapers when I was growing up, so I really felt like I had something to add to that one....I mean I
was there - I knew those kind of people, how they moved and what they did - Dan's the same way - It was great to have that
Boston "Southie" dialect on tap right there in the cutting room. That really kept me on track.
Born in Japan, raised in Europe and the Caribbean, as well as Boston, Lindsay Mofford is a graduate of Emerson College
in Boston. and is a member of the IDA, AIVF, IFP and I.A.T.S.E Local 700.
The Passion is editing, the thoughts are political.