Cut to Black: J. Kathleen Gibson, ACE, Picture Editor

For each day in the month of February, the Committee will be highlighting 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: J. Kathleen Gibson, ACE
What’s your job? Picture Editor for Film/Television
List the credits you’re most proud of. As Editor: Julia Child pilot, “Interrogation,” “GENIUS/Einstein,” “The Red Road,” “BOSS,” “InTreatment.” As Assistant Editor: “Once Upon A Time In America,” “Swimming To Cambodia,” “Something Wild,” “Rumblefish”
What are you working on right now? Recently finished a pilot about Julia Child for HBOMAX
Who and what are your influences?  Wim Wenders, Andrei Tarkovsky, Terence Malick, François Truffaut. I enjoy films that are rich visually, and character driven.
What books are you reading, shows are you watching and/or movies you’re excited about? Currently reading “Sapiens,” “The New Yorker,” “The Sunne In Splendour.” Watching the “CALM” series on HBOMAX to attempt to chill out at the end of the day!
What would be your superhero name? Magic Goldilocks
What are your black history month memories and any cultural or historical impacts on your life? Currently I would have to say the BLM movement.
If you could time travel, when would you go and why? Ten months from now when, hopefully, most people have been COVID vaccinated and I can get on a plane and go to see friends and family!!!
What’s a little known fact about you? I can wiggle my left ear. I inherited that talent from my dad, although he could wiggle both ears.
What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? I make a rather amazing pear/almond tart, a delicious Gruyére soufflé, and am an accomplished equestrian.
What’s your favorite (Black) television/movie moment? Loved watching Idris Elba in “Luther.” “I May Destroy You” kind of blew me away. Looking forward to seeing what she does next…
Was there a television show/movie that inspired you to pursue your career? Tony Bill’s “Five Corners.” LOVED that movie. At the end of watching it I turned to my friend and said: “THAT’S why I love making films.” I had already started working in film, but that one reinforced why I loved being involved in making movies.
What’s your personal/professional mantra? Pay attention to the details.
What’s the last show/movie that left you speechless? “My Octopus Teacher”
What would be your dream project to work on? I’ll know it when I’ve done it.