Sally JoAnne Menke|
December 17, 1953
Mineola, New York
September 27, 2010 56) (aged|
Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, California
Dean Parisot |
(m. 1986–2010; her death)
Sally JoAnne Menke (December 17, 1953 – September 27, 2010) was an American film and television editor with more than 20 feature film credits.
Menke had a long-time collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino, having edited all of his films until she died. Menke was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing for Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction, of which Variety's Todd McCarthy wrote, "Sally Menke's editing reps the definition of precision."
Menke was born in Mineola, New York, the daughter of Charlotte, a teacher, and Dr. Warren Wells Menke, a professor of management at Clemson University. Menke graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Film Program. She earned a bachelor of fine arts in film in 1977.
Menke met Quentin Tarantino when he held interviews for an editor. Tarantino sent her the script for Reservoir Dogs and she said that she thought it was "amazing". Menke was hiking in Canada when she decided to call and see if she got the job and was told that she had been successful. Menke went on to work with Tarantino on everything he directed for the remainder of her life. Tarantino summarized their working relationship in 2007, saying that "The best collaborations are the director-editor teams, where they can finish each other's sentences" and that Menke was his "only, truly genuine collaborator".
Menke's final editing credit was on the thriller Peacock (2010), directed by Michael Lander. She had been selected as a member of the American Cinema Editors. On a 2012 listing of the 75 best edited films of all time, compiled by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Pulp Fiction was listed eighteenth.
Menke was married to director Aldo L. "Dean" Parisot in 1986 and the couple had two children, Lucas and Isabella.
Death and memorials
Menke had gone hiking the morning of September 27, 2010, with a friend and her dog. Menke's friend left her after an hour when she started to feel unwell in the heat. When Menke failed to come home, her friends alerted the police. Search dogs, a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, and officers from patrol units spent hours in Griffith Park searching for her. Her locked car was found in a Griffith Park parking lot. Menke's body was found at the bottom of a ravine near 5600 block of Green Oak Drive on September 28, 2010. Her dog was found alive, sitting next to her body. No cause of death was immediately reported and it was unclear whether the extreme heat, 113 °F (45 °C) in downtown Los Angeles, was a factor. The coroner's office later determined that Menke's death was heat-related.
The Sundance Institute has created a memorial fellowship in film editing to honor Menke.
Tarantino's film Django Unchained (2012) was dedicated to her memory due to their long partnership.
Menke's feature film credits as editor are tabulated below. She has two additional credits for editing television documentaries: Hans Bethe: Prophet of Energy (1980) and The Congress (1988).
Awards and nominations
- 1995 – Pulp Fiction (nominated) – Academy Award – "Best Film Editing"
- 1995 – Pulp Fiction (nominated) – American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie Award – "Best Edited Feature Film"
- 1995 – Pulp Fiction (nominated) – BAFTA Film Award – "Best Editing"
- 2003 – Kill Bill: Volume 1 (won) – San Diego Film Critics Society Awards – "Best Editing"
- 2004 – Kill Bill: Volume 1 (nominated) – BAFTA Film Award – "Best Editing"
- 2004 – Kill Bill: Volume 1 (won) – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards – Sierra Award for "Best Editing"
- 2005 – Kill Bill: Volume 2 (nominated) – American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie Award – "Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)"
- 2005 – Kill Bill: Volume 2 (nominated) – Online Film Critics Society OFCS Award – "Best Editing"
- 2010 – Inglourious Basterds (nominated) – Academy Award – "Best Film Editing"
- "Sally Menke, Editor, Weds Aldo L. Parisot". The New York Times. August 10, 1986. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- "Sally Menke, longtime film editor for Quentin Tarantino, found dead near Griffith Park". Los Angeles Times. September 28, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- "Sally Menke". IMDb. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- McCarty, Todd (May 23, 1994). "Pulp Fiction". Variety.
- Fox, Margalit (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke, Film Editor for Tarantino, Dies at 56". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- Campbell, Christopher (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke and Quentin Tarantino. A Short Tribute to an Editor - Filmmaker Relationship". IndieWire. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- Pulver, Andrew (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino's long-time editor, found dead in LA". The Guardian. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- Menke, Sally (December 6, 2009). "'Quentin Tarantino and I clicked'". The Guardian. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- Seif, Dena (February 19, 2007). "Editors pick 'Babel,' 'Departed': 'Office,' 'Wire' win at ACE Eddie Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "American Cinema Editors Roster". American Cinema Editors. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "The 75 Best Edited Films". Editors Guild Magazine. 1 (3). May 2012.
- Itzkoff, Dave (September 28, 2010). "Sally Menke, Film Editor for Tarantino and Other Directors, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- "Quentin Tarantino's film editor found dead after hiking in scorching LA heat". Herald Sun. September 29, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- Chris, Meteorologist (2009-06-17). "Los Angeles' Hottest Day On Record". weather.com. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- McLellan, Dennis; Blankstein, Andrew (2010-09-29). "Sally Menke dies at 56; editor on Quentin Tarantino's movies". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
- Parker, Kris (May 19, 2011). "Sundance Institute Names Julia Bloch Sally Menke Editing Fellow". The Sundance Institute. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- "How Quentin Tarantino Wants To Be Remembered". The Huffington Post. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- Sally Menke at the Internet Movie Database
- "Academy Awards – Pulp Fiction". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- "BAFTA Winners 1994". British Academy Film Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- "BAFTA Winners 2003". British Academy Film Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- "Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
- Sally Menke at the Internet Movie Database
- Sally Menke: A Tribute at New Beverly Cinema. Retrieved on 11 October 2010.