My Work
Border South

Editor, Doc Feature

Migrants are forced into more and more dangerous territory as Mexico and the U.S. crack down on immigration. 

Gustavo survives a gunshot wound when he is shot down from atop a train on his journey through Mexico, and Jason, a forensic anthropologist, tries to track down a boy who went missing in the Arizona desert.


Assistant Editor, Doc Feature

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 Beginning during the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest," raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their basement home music studio.  TRAILER LINK

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Building a Bridge

Co-Editor, Doc Feature

Father James Martin works to welcome LGBTQ people into the Catholic Church.  Coming soon in 2021.


 Editor, Series of Doc Shorts 

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Dreamed is a series of short videos for Topic profiling Dreamers, the DACA recipients with uncertain futures in the US. 

2 Toddlers, 10 Minutes

 Director/ Editor, Short

How do you cook a healthy, 10 minute meal for 2 impatient toddlers?  Spoiler alert: Don't feed them donuts right beforehand.


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Ellen Knechel is a freelance documentary editor with a passion for vérité storytelling.  She works on shorts as well as long form documentaries.   She began her career in film as a volunteer in Honduras and she often collaborates on projects that deal with Latin America, social justice and immigration.  Ellen has an MFA in Film and Media Art from Temple University and she is part of the Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room Program