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JoiMcMillonMakesHistoryastheFirstBlackWomanNominatedforFilmEditing

Judith Davis
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Joi McMillon Makes History as the First Black Woman Nominated for Film Editing

This has been a banner year for the actors of color on the big and small screen with many films being released and television shows airing, the work for actors appears to be growing. In addition, there have been quite a few major strides being made behind the scene as well.  Film editor Joi McMillon is one of those individuals behind the camera whom we are sure to hear more from in the coming future.

Joi is a Los Angeles based film and television editor known for her work on Frankie Shaw’s breakout short film "Smilf",” which garnered Sundance’s 2015 US Short Jury Prize and is being adapted into a television pilot for Showtime. Her recent editorial credits include season five of Lena Dunham’s HBO series “Girls,” Carson Mell’s "Another Evil" (SXSW 2016), and Janicza Bravo’s upcoming feature film "Lemon."  "Moonlight" marks Joi’s second collaboration with Jenkins; they first worked together in 2011 on the short film “Chlorophyl.”

As audiences may know after the Golden Globe win, "Moonlight" is the timeless story of human connection and self-discovery. The film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love,

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With "Moonlight" being such a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths, Joi McMillon is sure to be in demand for a long time coming.  

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Judith Davis is a professional writer who has worked on contracts for Yahoo, Great American Pitchfest, About.com, Topix.com, Whipclip Networks, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, Wochit.com, LivePerson.com, Coca Cola/vitaminwater, Burrell Communications, Conde Nast, Hearst Digital Media, AOL, The New York [...]

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