Aaron Wickenden, ACE is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated filmmaker with over 15 years of extensive professional experience. He is regarded for bringing a tireless work ethic and playful spirit to each of his creative collaborations - including the Oscar nominated film Finding Vivian Maier. In 2014 he was recruited by Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and Grammy-winning author and filmmaker Robert Gordon (Respect Yourself) to Co-edit their film Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere in competition at Sundance 2015, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, shortlisted for the 2016 Documentary Academy Award, and earned him a Cinema EyeHonors nomination for Best Editing. In a recent interview for RogerEbert.com, Neville describes hiring Aaron: "Docs, in general, are made in the edit bay, archival docs even more so... We brought in Aaron Wickenden, who cut “Finding Vivian Maier,” and he’s amazing."
In 2014 Aaron was chosen as one of the top 10 filmmakers working in Chicago by New City who went on to call him "an unassuming but essential talent... [with] a knack for structure and for rhythms". He was again honored by New City in 2016 who now chose him as one of the top 5 filmmakers working from Chicago.
He is committed to helping grow the documentary editing community and has spoken at numerous educational events including a 2014 masterclass for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Foundation, a 2015 editing masterclass at BIG SKY, an editing masterclass in London for the Bertha Doc House, and a discussion at True/False called Try a Little Tenderness. In 2015 he was chosen to be a Firelight Media Producer's Lab Mentor which is "...for talented and independent filmmakers of color... as a way to provide infrastructure support for diverse producers to help overcome some of the barriers to completing their film." In April of 2015 he was invited to join ACE, an honorary society of motion picture editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession.
Throughout 2015 Aaron edited two documentary features which made their festival premieres in early 2016. The Bandit, (SxSw 16) was a collaboration with Jesse Moss (The Overnighters) for CMT about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit SMOKEY & THE BANDIT. The second film, BURDEN (Tribeca 16) was edited for Dogwoof/Submarine Entertainment and is about the controversial artist Chris Burden's transition away from the vanguard of 1970s Performance Art towards a more civic minded art-making practice. The film was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for theatrical release in 2017.
2017 is already very busy as Aaron is currently finishing the edit of a new feature for the acclaimed filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) and then starting a second collaboration with Morgan Neville. In his spare time, he can usually be found goofing off with his wife Jennifer Brandel at one of Chicago's dog beaches or promoting his own award winning film Almost There - which is now available for rent on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Vimeo.
Aaron is always on lookout for new projects and is also open to consultations when time permits. Please don't hesitate to be in touch via the contact page. Pro-tip: if you watch Almost There before reaching out you will get his prioritized attention.