Phyllis Housen is an editor living in New York City. Most recently she worked on the politically charged indie drama Clemency, starring Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge and Richard Schiff. Clemency won The Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance film festival in the US Dramatic Competition. Clemency will open New Directors/New Films Festival this month in New York City.
Phyllis began her film career in the 80’s in Paris, where she lived for seven years working on French and US productions. In1991she moved to Los Angeles where she worked on both studio and independent features, assisting on various films including Kill Bill volumes 1 & 2, All the Pretty Horses and Cronos. She transitioned into editing with Adam & Steve (Tribeca Film Festival, 2005) and Dream For An Insomniac (1996). She moved to New York City in 2009, working on a diverse set of films, including Meskada (Tribeca Film Festival, 2009), the documentary Evolution of A Criminal (SXSW, 2014), and Fan Girl (2015).
In 2017 she edited Cargo (Miami Film Festival 2017) in the Bahamas, which will have its US premiere in 2019.
In addition to feature films, Phyllis has worked on true crime television series for ABC/Disney, music videos for Billy Bob Thornton and she created a video piece for artist Judy Chicago from her 1971 installation, “Women and Smoke”. Phyllis has taught editing at the School of Visual Arts and is a judge and mentor for the end-of-year student films at ESRA, a French film school based in NYC.
Phyllis graduated with a BA from Tufts University and an MFA in Cinema Production from the London International Film School.