January 2018 UPDATES:
- Generation Wealth and Won’t You be my Neighbor? are premiering at Sundance'18.
- Almost There is now available to rent/own on iTunes.
- Documentary Editing: Principals and Practice, a book that Aaron was interviewed for (along with the brilliant editors Kate Amend, Geoffrey Richman, and Mary Lampson) is now available.
Aaron Wickenden is a multiple Emmy and ACE Eddie nominated filmmaker with over 15 years of 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, recently won an Emmy 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. In June of 2017 he was invited to join the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Throughout 2017 Aaron edited two documentary features which will be released in 2018: Generation Wealth (AMAZON STUDIOS) and Won’t You be my Neighbor? (FOCUS FEATURES). Aaron is currently cutting his 3rd picture with Morgan Neville which will be about Orson Welles and his final unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind. The edit of this project runs through May 2018. 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.