Kevin Tent Named President of American Cinema Editors

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Oscar nominated film editor Kevin Tent, a longtime collaborator of Alexander Payne on movies including Election, Sideways and The Descendants, has been elected to a two-year term as president of honorary society American Cinema Editors.

He succeeds Stephen Rivkin, the Oscar-nominated editor of Avatar who served as president since 2016 and has reached his term limit. Rivkin is currently working on Jim Cameron's Avatar sequels.

The election results, announced Saturday during ACE's virtual holiday party, also saw Lillian Benson re-elected as secretary. Anita Brandt Burgoyne, Dorian Harris,  Sabrina Plisco, Tatiana Riegel, Andrew Seklir, and Rivkin were elected or re-elected to the Board of Directors, alongside Associate Board Members Mark Helfrich, Michael Ornstein, Terilyn Shropshire, and Troy Takaki. These members will serve two-year terms.

The existing board includes vp Carol Littleton, treasurer Stephen Lovejoy, Jacqueline Cambas, Maysie Hoy, Bonnie Koehler, and Mary Jo Markey.

In addition to the aforementioned credits, Tent's resume includes Payne's Citizen Ruth, Election, Sideways, About Schmidt, Nebraska and Downsizing. He was Oscar nominated and won an ACE Eddie Award for The Descendants.

Earlier in his career, Tent worked with Roger Corman cutting films like Emmanuelle 5 and Not of This Earth, while more recent projects included The Peanut Butter Falcon and Martin Scorsese's short film The Audition. He's additionally a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.