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Stephanie Mechura

Stephanie Mechura has been editing documentary films for more than 20 years, teaming up with storytellers who share a simple ideal: a powerful film can change our world for the better. Mechura's career began at Winton DuPont Films in San Francisco. She went on to become a staff editor with Lucasfilm, Ltd. in George Lucas' Documentary Unit at Skywalker Ranch, editing historical documentaries which aspired to tell stories from the past as a lens through which we might examine events of the present day.

Stephanie is editing the Barbara Lee documentary and has collaborated with Abby on a number of short HIV-related films including Get Screened Oakland and Turning the Tide. A freelance editor for more than a decade, Stephanie's feature-length documentaries have premiered at festivals such Telluride, Sarasota and Human Rights Watch, as well as the European Independent Film Festival. Her films have appeared on multiple broadcast specials and series, most notably PBS Frontline and Independent Lens, as well as The New York Times OpDocs. Stephanie's Emmy-nominated films have received many of journalism's highest awards, including the DuPont Columbia Award, the Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking, and the Daniel Pearl Award for Excellence in Journalism. Through her close affiliations with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, Stephanie continues to work alongside the world's most dedicated journalists and filmmakers to bring their stories to light. Her most recent film, The Game Changers, is directed by Oscar-Winning filmmaker Louis Psihoyos, and will be premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Stephanie lives with her daughter in Oakland, California.