Cut to Black: Martha Lowe, Assistant 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: Martha Lowe

What’s your job? Assistant Editor

List the credits you’re most proud of. My 1st union gig: Worked as an additional Assistant Editor on HBO’s “Euphoria.”
What are you working on right now? An independent feature.
Who and what are your influences and/or mentors? I love the work of Stephen Mirrione, and have had the opportunity to meet and chat with some very accomplished editors just within the last year.

What books are you reading, shows are you watching and/or movies you’re excited about?
I fell in love with everything about “Bridgerton” and “The Queen’s Gambit.” I’ve also just started watching an older show that started airing on Netflix… “Black Lightning!” Loving it!
What are your black history month memories and any cultural or historical impacts on your life? Historically, I’m happy to have lived in a time to see an African American President and female Vice President of color.
If you could time travel, when would you go and why? For the fashion alone, I would go to the Regency era as in Bridgerton. I love fashion and the costume design for this show is AMAZING!! The music is so AWESOME too! I would also love to travel in the circles of the artists from the Harlem Renaissance once again for the fashion, but especially to just be in the same room with artists like Zora Neal Hurston and Langston Hughes.
What’s a little known fact about you? What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? Not ‘so hidden’ talent — I’m a dancing machine! I love shaking my booty! I also trap, neuter and release (TNR) the feral cats in my neighborhood. I’ve worked with a non-profit to get them neutered/spayed, vaccinated and then release them back into the community.
What’s your favorite (Black) television/movie moment? Has to be “Imitation of Life” – the 1959 version. As many times as I’ve seen it, I always shed a tear during the funeral procession.
Was there a television show/movie that inspired you to pursue your career? I actually stumbled upon post production. I can say that I do love the serendipitous theme of “Sliding Doors.” It fascinates me how the smallest, most minute moment can make a huge effect in your life. I also loved to see how effective parallel editing can be.
What’s your personal/professional mantra? “If it’s not fun…I’m out!”
What’s the last show/movie that left you speechless? “Boys Don’t Cry” with Hilary Swank. Such a tough movie to watch. I was thinking about that film months after I watched it. Its still kind of haunting…
What would be your dream project to work on? “Bridgerton” or anything that would give me the opportunity to work with Stephen Mirrione.