Cut to Black: Aneesa Meador, Assistant Editor

For each day in the month of February, the African American Steering Committee will be highlighting Local 700’s African American members, both past and present, and their accomplishments. We look forward to showing the contributions and influences African Americans have had on the industry.

Name: Aneesa Meador

What’s your job? Assistant Editor

List the credits you’re most proud of.Maid,” “5 Days at Memorial,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”

What are you working on right now? Assisting Daysha Broadway on a documentary

Who and what are your influences and/or mentors? I feel like I take some influence from older horror films and have been inspired by how they were able to achieve so much with so little. I’ve also learned SO MUCH working with Daysha. She’s really shown me how to look at footage from every angle. Joe Walker is also one of my favorite editors. His editing style has been incredibly inspiring. 

What books are you reading, shows are you watching and/or movies you’re excited about? I just finished watching the latest season of Fargo and it was just outstanding. I’ve loved the show since the first season and this last one really knocked it out of the park.

What would be your superhero name? The Lioness. I’m a Leo, I’m fiercely loyal, and I enjoy a good cat nap.

What are your black history month memories and any cultural or historical impacts on your life? I think Black History Month has always been a concentrated reminder of how many incredible Black people have come before me. It’s also a beautiful time to recognize those in my immediate community who aren’t often in the spotlight.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “It’s all just footage” – Daysha Broadway

If you could time travel, when would you go and why? I feel like visiting my high school self and telling her all the amazing things she’ll get to do would be nice. That may be breaking the time travel rules, but I’m a bit of a rebel.

What’s a little known fact about you? What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? ​​I’m a relatively decent singer. I don’t do it publicly (unless I’ve had a couple of cocktails) but I’m almost constantly singing at home. 

What’s your favorite (Black) television/movie moment? The episode of “Martin” when he, Tommy, and Cole delivered a baby. The “baby” shoots out and Martin catches it. Tommy says “what about the umbilical cord?” And Martin responds with “We don’t need an umbilical cord! This is TV!” 

Was there a television show/movie that inspired you to pursue your career? I think I’ve always looked to film and TV for comfort, but I didn’t get into filmmaking until I started editing in high school. It all just kinda happened very randomly, but once I got bit, there was no stopping.

What’s your personal/professional mantra? I’m always exactly where I need to be.

What’s the last show/movie that left you speechless? I think the ending of Bodies Bodies Bodies was one of my last speechless moments. 

What would be your dream project to work on? My dream project is to work on anything horror related. Give me some weird, A24 horror film and I’ll be the happiest human on the planet. 


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