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"When you’re editing, something happens that tells you this is the moment to cut....

...It’s not theoretical,
it’s something I feel."
- Chantal Akerman




"Ahh, but they're not violent until I've edited them."
- Thelma Schoonmaker



STACY GOLDATE is an award-winning editor, producer, and director who began her career in radio journalism, helped develop film workshops for LGBTQ+ youth, was a programmer for film festivals, DJ'd a college radio show, taught tennis in a free program for youth, and waited tables for 14 years. She made her first documentary, LUCY BARKS! in 1996, chronicling the all-ages punk rock scene in Nashville. She then got her MFA from SAIC where she created experimental shorts, a temporary installation for Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Arts, and a queer sci-fi film, DOMINATRIX WAITRIX (2004), which premiered at BFI Flare-London’s LGBTQ+ Film Fest. 


Based in Los Angeles since 2005, Goldate has edited more than 50 non-fiction projects, including acclaimed series for CNN (THE NINETIES, THE 2000S, 1968) executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog; The Emmy-winning OUT OF IRAQ directed by Chris McKim and Eva Orner; Ashley York’s and Sally Rubin’s multi award-winning HILBILLY (Hulu); The GLAAD Media Award-winning and Peabody-nominated DISCLOSURE (Netflix) directed/produced by Sam Feder, produced by Amy Scholder, and executive produced by Laverne Cox for which Goldate received an IDA editing award nomination; and MAMA HAS A MUSTACHE, a festival-favorite animated short directed/produced by Sally Rubin for which Goldate won Best Editing at Dunedin International Film Festival. She recently edited a doc series for Paramount+ and Funmeter about Lollapalooza that premiered Opening Night at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.


Two films Stacy edited inspired the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the US Congress: OUR FATHER (Netflix), a documentary thriller directed/produced by Lucie Jourdan for Blumhouse, was top ten on Netflix world-wide for several weeks and led to a fertility fraud bill proposal, and INHOSPITABLE, a film directed/produced by Sandra Alvarez about the role of hospitals in our broken healthcare system, was a key resource for Rep Pramila Jayapal when she introduced the Stop Anticompetitive Healthcare Act. Goldate also co-directed and produced A GREATER SOCIETY with Craig A. Colton, a film they used to get out the vote for the 2018 Midterms.


Goldate enjoys mentoring aspiring, emerging, and mid-career editors. She is a Karen Schmeer Documentary Fellowship Mentor, speaks to film students on college campuses, and consults on documentaries. Her latest consulting project, HBO’s THE STROLL, won the Clarity of Vision Award at Sundance 2023 and was directed by Zackary Drucker & Kristen Lovell, produced by Matt Wolf, and edited by Mel Sukekawa-Mooring. She is also a member of The Television Academy, Film Fatales, and is in Vanderbilt University's Media Hall of Fame.





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