I came to the United States after an unsuccessful attempt to change the world working in both non governmental and governmental sector in my home country Poland. After 4 years of college-time volunteering and 2 years of professional career i realized that the politics game is not for me and I decided to pack my suitcase and leave.
Switching to filmmaking was my childhood dreams come true. Already in elementary school I tried to be the next Fellini in a local youth filmmaking club but then i was told that i have to grow up and focus on getting a serious profession. Thankfully when i came to Los Angeles in 2002 i got encouraged by meeting other crazy people like me. My editing career started in the scripted and i was one of the lucky ones who was still learning cutting film on flatbed. My first professional editing project was a behind-the-scenes of action movie El Padrino. I was handed a box with over hundred tapes, put in front of Final Cut Pro system (which i never used before) and i was told to deliver a one hour documentary. That was the start.
Quickly after I was offered my first job editing scripted feature - Lime Salted Love, and from then on until 2009 i was polishing my skills in that genre with the mentoring help of Ewa Smal, who was late Krzysztof Kieslowski's editor. One of the highlights of this early period was getting accolade for editing another feature "Viking Saga" and editing a Tribeca Student Award winning short "Rooms". During that time i greatly expanded my editing skillset doing a variety of other projects like music videos, reels, trailers, indie tv shows, webisodes and tv pilots.
In 2011 I became involved in documentary. Here I realized I could combine art and structure mastered in the scripted with my other passion - social activism and education. My first big project was "This Space Available" - a documentary feature about visual pollution caused by outdoor advertising. The invaluable mentorship of two senior editors i worked with on that film - Caitlin Dixon known for Sundance winning "Flow" and Elisa Bonora, who cut most of Oliver Stone documentaries, gave me confidence and good kickstart in this genre. My next project "Killing the Messenger" aired on Al Jazeera in 2013. That same year i begun my collaboration with Stephen and Kathleen Gyllenhaals, with "In Utero" - a film on psycho-sociological effects of prenatal experiences that premiered at the Seattle IFF in 2015. I also worked with Glen Zipper on "Betting on Zero" and recently completed "Girls of Summer" feature about girls who play baseball.
My experience in documentary was a door opener for the professional career in other non-fiction outlets. In 2012 I debuted in non-scripted television and since then I have worked on a number of shows like "The Braxton Family Values", MTV "Punk'd", Discovery "The Wheel" and "Street Outlaws", PBS "Craft in America" and others. I also took part in educational projects, like exhibition documentaries for The Newport Car Museum.
My current professional focus are big documentary features, non-fiction tv shows or exhibition projects, but during my downtime I eagerly support talented indie directors partnering in quality independent projects, whether they are beautiful scripted stories or socially engaged meaningful documentaries.