Sally Menke

Sally Menke

Sally Menke was a film and television editor with more than 20 feature film credits. Menke was a longtime collaborator with director Quentin Tarantino and was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing for Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction. Tarantino routinely assembled “Hi Sally (” reels (included on the extras of many of his DVDs) where the cast and crew would begin each take by looking into the camera and giving her a shout-out she’d see months later in the editing room.

Menke's other film credits include Death Proof (2007), Grindhouse (2007), Kill Bill: Vol. 2  (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003),  Daddy and Them (2001), D.C. Smalls (2001), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Jackie Brown (1997), Nightwatch (1997), Mulholland Falls (1996), Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1991).

Menke graduated from Tisch UGFTV in 1977. Film editors are often women and Menke was particularly inspired by Thelma Schoonmaker, who works with another Alum, Martin Scorsese. The first feature she edited after graduating was the comedy Cold Feet, which was followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“Editors are the quiet heroes of movies,” Menke said in a 2009 interview for The New York Observer.

In 2010, the Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship was created at the Sundance Institute to honor her memory and passion for mentorship.