Film Editor Cara Silverman Dies at 54

Marjorie Silverman
Cara Silverman

She worked on 'Cape Fear,' 'He’s Just Not That Into You,' 'Super' and the upcoming 'Get a Job'

Cara Silverman, an editor on Super from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and the Ken Kwapis films He’s Just Not That Into You and Big Miracle, has died. She was 54.

On Sept. 22, two days before her birthday, Silverman was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, where she lived alone, her sister, Marjorie, told The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was immediately available.

Silverman just finished work on the CBS Films comedy Get a Job, directed by Dylan Kidd and starring Anna Kendrick, Miles Teller and Bryan Cranston.

“I’m so sad. She was a wonderful person,” Gunn said of Silverman on his Facebook page.

In addition to the ensemble comedy He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) and Big Miracle (2012), the whale tale that starred Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, Silverman collaborated with Kwapis on the short-lived NBC show Outsourced, the first American sitcom set in India.

Silverman also cut the films Party Girl (1995), Permanent Midnight (1998), The Best Man (1999), See Spot Run (2001), Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), The Greatest (2009) and There’s Always Woodstock (2014).

A native of New York City, Silverman pursued a political science degree at American University in Washington, D.C., then landed an internship at New York public TV station WNET.

“I started hanging out with some of the documentary crews and the editors. And finally, they took pity on me and hired me as an apprentice,” she told StudentFilmmakers Magazine in 2009. “I never knew a sprocket from a frame. I apprenticed myself.”

Silverman then landed gigs as an associate or first assistant editor on The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Cape Fear (1991) and The Bronx Tale (1993).

On the Cape Fear remake, she worked with director Martin Scorsese and three-time Oscar-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker. “I’ll sum it up for you: it was like going to film school. It was extraordinary,” she said in 2009 of the experience.

In addition to her sister, survivors include her mother Marilyn, brothers-in-law David and Frank and nephews Edward, Daniel and Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Motion Picture and Television Fund or The National Film Preservation Foundation.

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