Karim Lopez

Karim Lopez
Editor

BIOGRAPHY

Karim López is an Emmy award-winning editor and director with over 30 credits in television, documentary and narrative film. Most recently, he cut a feature documentary about the artist Roberta Flack, to be released in early 2023 for PBS/American Masters, and the French network, Arte.

In 2020, Karim edited a Vice World News documentary about the shipping terminal explosion in Beirut and the governmental corruption and negligence which led to the blast. The Shockwave went on to receive a 2022 duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism, as well as three nominations at the 2022 News and Doc Emmys. The show won for Investigative Research, and Karim received an Emmy award for Outstanding Editing.

In 2021 Karim edited the first episode of the Showtime documentary series, The Lincoln Project, directed by Fisher Stevens (The Tiger KingPalmer), and Karim Amer (The Great Hack, The Vow). The verité-driven, limited series follows the group of former Republicans who dedicated themselves to defeating Donald Trump and Trumpism in 2020, and then underwent a series of high-profile scandals which threatened to destroy the organization. The Lincoln Project has been nominated for a 2022 Critics Choice Award for Best Limited Doc Series.

In 2020, Karim cut two episodes on the acclaimed HBO documentary series, The Vow, directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated directors, Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (The SquareThe Great Hack, Control Room), which the New York Times called “irresistible… an impressive and even transfixing achievement.” The Vow made many 2020 year-end ‘Best of’ lists for TV and Documentary including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety.

In 2018, Karim cut En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day), from acclaimed writer-director, Jim McKay (GirlstownOur SongEveryday People), a narrative feature about a week in the life of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in New York City. Septimo received widespread critical praise. It was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and included on Variety‘s “Best Films of 2018, so far” list by Owen Gleiberman (“Captivating. Exquisitely crafted. Supremely confident.”) The film won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards.

In the same year, Karim also edited the Netflix Original concert documentary, Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison, featuring the renowned Mexican Norteño band playing Folsom prison on the 50th anniversary of the legendary Johnny Cash concert. The doc, directed by Tom Donahue (This Changes EverythingCasting ByGuest of Cindy Sherman) is part-concert film, and part intimate portrait of a number of Latino/a inmates. It was Netflix’s fourth most-watched documentary in Mexico in 2019. It was nominated for a Latin Grammy (the Los Tigres soundtrack album from the doc won the Grammy.)

In 2017, Karim was also a lead editor on The Last Defense, an ABC limited series Executive Produced by Viola Davis, which examines flawed death row cases and racial/economic injustice in the criminal justice system. His episode was selected to premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, before airing nationally on ABC. The Last Defense has helped to spark national outcry around the case of Julius Jones, a black man on death row in Oklahoma, whose case featured compelling evidence that he was wrongfully convicted, and that racism played a role. Later that year, Garden of the Peaceful Dragon, a feature-length doc produced and edited by Karim, won Best Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival.

In 2015, Karim edited the documentary, Frank Serpico, about (and featuring) the legendary NYPD detective who blew the whistle on corruption in the 1970s, and was immortalized by Al Pacino in the classic Sidney Lumet film. The doc premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by IFC / Sundance Selects. “A wondrous portrait.” (The New Yorker); “Suspenseful, captivating and thrilling.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

More career highlights:

• 2017 / Cut two episodes on The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park, a true-crime documentary series for AMC and the Sundance Channel, directed by award-winning filmmakers, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of WorkIn My Father’s HouseReversing Roe).

• 2017 / Edited the narrative feature, Dementia 13 a re-make of Francis Ford Coppola’s cult horror film, for NBC Universal and Chiller Films.

• 2015 / Cut the narrative feature comedy, Chee and T (Special Jury Prize for Comedy, 2016 L.A. Film Festival); and

• 2014 / Edited and co-produced the feature-length documentary, We’re Still Here (Director, Antonino D’Ambrosio, based on his book, A Heartbeat and a Guitar), for Sony Masterworks, about the little-known Native American protest album, Bitter Tears, recorded by Johnny Cash. The doc aired nationally on PBS, Winter 2016.

• 2014 / Edited the short doc, Speak the Words the Way You Breathe, broadcast on French-German network Arte
2015 New York Film Festival / Winner of more than 20 International festival awards, as part of the Soundhunters Project

• 2013 / Edited the narrative feature, Sunset Edge (Director, Daniel Peddle), distributed by KINO LORBER.

• 2012 / Edited and co-produced the documentary, Let Fury Have the Hour (Director, Antonino D’Ambrosio)

• 2012 / Tribeca Film Festival / Rotterdam International Film Festival / DocHouse, London, UK.
Executive Produced by Brian and Brooke Devine (The Great InvisibleGoodbye SoloNight Catches Us) and Jonathan Gray (Blue CapriceDiana Vreeland:The Eye Has to Travel).

Karim’s narrative short, The Last Days of Hustling, (which he wrote, shot, directed and edited) played at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner and won Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Miami Independent Film Festival.

RECENT WORK

Dementia 13, Francis Ford Coppolla remake for Universal

En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day)

Narrative Feature / Edited by Karim López
Written & Directed by Jim McKay
Producers: Caroline Kaplan, Alex Bach, Lindsay Cordero
Released by Cinema Guild // Coming to HBO, Summer 2018.

Chee and T (Official Trailer)

Narrative Feature / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Tanuj Chopra
Winner, Special Jury Prize for Comedy, 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival
Winner, Best Narrative Feature, San Diego Asian American Film Festival
For more Info and Press about Chee and T

Speak the Words the Way You Breathe

Documentary Short / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio / Produced by A_Bahn & Camera Talk Productions
Broadcast on French-German network Arte / 2015 New York Film Festival / Winner of more than 20 International festival awards, as part of the Soundhunters Project

We’re Still Here (Excerpt)

Feature-Length Documentary / Edited & Co-Produced by Karim López / Directed & Produced by Antonino D’Ambrosio / Sony Masterworks
Official Selection, 2015 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
PBS Native American Heritage Month
For more info and to view more excerpts from We’re Still Here

Sunset Edge (Official Trailer)

Narrative Feature Film / Edited by Karim López / Written, Directed & Produced by Daniel Peddle
For more info and to view excerpts from Sunset Edge

Garden of the Peaceful Dragon (Official Trailer)

Feature-Length Documentary / Edited & Produced by Karim López / Directed & Produced by Daniel Peddle
Winner, Best Documentary, 2017 Harlem International Film Festival
For more info and to view excerpts from Garden of the Peaceful Dragon

Let Fury Have the Hour (Official Trailer)

Feature-Length Doc / Edited & Co-Produced by Karim López / Directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio / La Lutta NMC / Gigantic Pictures / Cavu Pictures / Snag Films / Official Spotlight Selection, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
For more info and to view excerpts from Let Fury Have the Hour

Storefront Academy

Short Doc Promo / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Karen Goodman / Produced by Kirkley Strand
The Storefront Academy is an independent, tuition-free private school in Harlem.

“Cards”

Music Video / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Daniel Peddle / Artist: Stephen Thompson IS Albion

Long Island Serial Killer (Clip)

Feature-Length Doc for Broadcast (A&E) / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Louise Osmond / Blast Films

Trail Angels (Trailer)

Feature-Length Doc / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Daniel Peddle

Long Island Serial Killer (Clip)

Feature-Length Doc for Broadcast (A&E) / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Louise Osmond / Blast Films

Tribeca Pediatrics

Short Promo / Edited by Karim López / Directed & Produced by Elyse Roth / Photographed by Richard Numeroff / Music by Kevin McLeod

Faces of Success (Bronxworks Homeless Outreach)

Short Promo / Directed & Edited by Karim López

Daniel Peddle Hangs Pictures

Short Web Piece / Directed & Edited by Karim López / Music by Kevin MacLeod / Artwork by Daniel Peddle

Malcolmology, Episode 5

Short Promo / Edited by Karim López / Directed by Michael Tyner