Karim Lopez

Karim Lopez
Editor

BIOGRAPHY

Karim López is an award-winning editor, director, producer from Brooklyn, NY. His work has played at the Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Tribeca, Rotterdam, Locarno and many other festivals all over the world. Films and TV shows he has edited have been released and broadcast internationally on the major networks and streaming platforms, including: HBO, ABC, CBS, PBS, BBC, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Sundance Channel, the Franco-German network Arte, and more.

Karim has over 20 credits in television, documentary and narrative film. Most recently, he edited two episodes of the HBO documentary series, The Vow, directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated directors, Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (The Square, The Great Hack, Control Room), a nine-hour series about the NXIVM cult and the group of defectors and parents who took the organization down, which the New York Times called “an impressive… transfixing achievement.” He cut En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day), from acclaimed writer-director, Jim McKay (Girlstown, Our Song, Everyday 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 2018, Karim cut a Netflix Original concert documentary, Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison, featuring the renowned Mexican Norteño band, Los Tigres del Norte, playing Folsom prison on the 50th anniversary of the legendary Johnny Cash concert there. The doc, directed by Tom Donahue (This Changes Everything, Casting By, Guest of Cindy Sherman) features the band performing their greatest hits for both the male and female prison population, interspersed with interviews of Latino/a inmates telling their stories, which involve issues such as: immigration, racism, poverty, drug-abuse, and the criminal justice system. 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. The first episode, which Karim edited, premiered 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.

In 2015, Karim edited and co-produced the documentary, Frank Serpico, about (and starring) 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, Serpico. Directed by award-winning filmmaker/author, Antonino D’Ambrosio, the doc premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by IFC / Sundance Selects. “A finely etched and fascinating documentary.” (Variety); “A wondrous portrait.” (The New Yorker); “Suspenseful, captivating and thrilling.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

More career highlights:

  • 2017 / Edited and produced the documentary, Garden of the Peaceful Dragon (Best Documentary, 2017 Harlem International Film Festival).
  • 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 Work, In My Father’s House, Reversing 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 Invisible, Goodbye Solo, Night Catches Us) and Jonathan Gray (Blue Caprice, Diana 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