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Kevin Tent Elected ACE President

American Cinema Editors has elected a new leadership team. Kevin Tent, ACE, is the newly-elected president, succeeding Stephen Rivkin, ACE, who has served as the organization’s president since 2016. Per ACE bylaws, Tent will serve a two-year term.

Lillian Benson, ACE, was re-elected as secretary, with Anita Brandt Burgoyne, ACE, Dorian Harris, ACE, Sabrina Plisco, ACE, Tatiana Riegel, ACE, Andrew Seklir, ACE, and Rivkin all serving on the board of directors, alongside associate board members Mark Helfrich, ACE, Michael Ornstein, ACE, Terilyn Shropshire, ACE, and Troy Takaki, ACE. Board members are also elected to two-year terms. They will all be joining the existing board of Carol Littleton, ACE, as vice president; Stephen Lovejoy, ACE, as treasurer, and board members Jacqueline Cambas, ACE, Maysie Hoy, ACE, Bonnie Koehler, ACE and Mary Jo Markey, ACE. The election results were revealed at the ACE holiday party, held virtually this year due to the pandemic.

“Kevin has always been a fierce supporter of ACE, first as a board member and now as president,” states ACE executive director Jenni McCormick. “We could not be more excited and proud of this new leadership team that ACE members have elected and look forward to working together to continue with our organization’s mission statement of illuminating and advancing the craft of film editing.”

Tent has been a professional film editor for nearly 30 years. He is best known for his long time collaboration with director Alexander Payne. Their first project together was Payne’s Sundance hit Citizen Ruth, starring Laura Dern, followed by the critically-acclaimed hit Election starring Reese Witherspoon (for which Tent earned his first ACE Eddie Award nomination). Tent received his second ACE nomination for About Schmidt, starring Jack Nicholson, and his third for Sideways, starring Thomas Haden Church, Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen. In 2011 Tent was nominated for both an ACE Eddie and an Academy Award® for his editing on The Descendants, starring George Clooney. He won the ACE Eddie Award for best edited dramatic film that year. He was also nominated for an ACE award for his work on Nebraska in 2014 and worked with Payne on his most recent film Downsizing, starring Matt Damon.

Some of Tent’s other credits include Blow, Girl Interrupted, Disconnect and Welcome To Me.

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