Ep. 56 – Prevailing Through Endurance and the Editing of SHIRLEY

April 11, 2024

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In this episode, editor JoAnne Yarrow, ACE (Five Days at Memorial, Only Murders in the Building, Vida),  offers a glimpse into her illustrious career, highlighting her pivotal role in cutting the film Shirley starring Regina King. JoAnne’s narrative unfolds as a testament to resilience and perseverance, where the enduring spirit propels her journey from post-production assistant to assistant editor to full-fledged editor. Throughout her story, she emphasizes the significance of seizing opportunities and embracing novel experiences, all while recognizing the invaluable guidance provided by mentors in shaping her trajectory.

Exploring her work on Shirley in greater detail, JoAnne reveals her meticulous preparation process and the creative decisions that heightened the film’s storytelling impact. She sheds light on the collaborative spirit cultivated by director John Ridley, whose encouragement spurred her to experiment with various editing styles. Wrestling with the challenge of portraying Shirley Chisholm’s strength alongside her vulnerability, JoAnne reflects on the intricacies of achieving this delicate balance. With heartfelt sincerity, she shares her personal connection to the story as a Latina editor and reminisces about her favorite moments in the editing suite.

For aspiring editors, JoAnne offers invaluable advice, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, fostering collaboration, and continuously refining one’s skills. 

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