Paul Hirsch

It may be short notice, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet the film editor behind Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and a zillion other great films, Mr. Paul Hirsch. Come meet this Academy Award winning legend next Tuesday night and hear him chat about his life and his compelling book about his editing life.


A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last fifty years by Paul Hirsch, a film editor who worked on more than forty features. Starting with his work on Carrie, Hirsch gives insight into the production process, touching upon casting, directing, cutting, and scoring. It's a riveting look at the decisions that went into creating memorable and iconic scenes and offers fascinating portraits of filmmakers, stars, and composers. Part film-school primer, part paean to legendary directors and professionals, the funny yet insightful writing will entertain and inform aficionados and casual moviegoers alike.


Paul Hirsch received the Academy Award for his editing work on Star Wars in 1978. In 2005, he received his second Academy Award nomination for Taylor Hackford's Ray. He is the only person to ever win the Saturn Award for best editing twice. In 2017 he was given the special Award to Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity by the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Camerimage. He lives in Los Angeles.

Event date: 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address: 

1474 n milwaukee ave
chicago, IL 60622
A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and More Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641602556
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Published: Chicago Review Press - November 5th, 2019