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james d. wilcox a.c.e.

ACE-awarded film editor James D. Wilcox is known for his exceptional talent in shaping narratives and crafting compelling visual stories. With a career spanning over three decades, Wilcox has left an indelible mark on the world of cinema with his keen eye for detail and dedication to his craft. 


Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wilcox's early exposure to the magic of cinema sparked a fascination with the art of editing, leading him to pursue a career in film post-production. Wilcox honed his skills at the historically black college Clark Atlanta University, where he immersed himself in the intricacies of broadcast journalism and film editing. Armed with a deep understanding of storytelling techniques, he embarked on his professional journey with unwavering determination, eventually earning an Emmy Award for producing a documentary on "Lip Synching" in the music industry. 

Notable among his credits is his collaboration with award-winning Directors including James Cameron, Christopher Columbus, Mario Van Peebles, Tate Taylor, Chris Rock, and Ron Howard, for which he most recently cut Amazon’s Thirteen Lives and Netflix’s Hillbilly Elegy. His work on the critically acclaimed series Genius: “Einstein" earned him an Eddie Award for "Best Edited Miniseries Motion Picture For Television" voted by his peers from the prestigious American Cinema Editors (ACE), and he received a Black Reel nomination for his work on Thirteen Lives.

Wilcox's experience spans across various genres, with credits including the Disney+ and Lucasfilm action Ahsoka, the 20th Century Fox drama Filthy Rich, Amazon's crime series Hand of God, and the History channel miniseries Roots.

As a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, The Directors Guild Of America, The Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors, Wilcox remains dedicated to fostering the next generation of talent in the industry. He frequently participates in mentorship programs and industry panels, sharing his insights and expertise with aspiring filmmakers eager to follow in his footsteps. His passion for the craft can be heard on podcasts "Art Of The Cut", "The Rough Cut", and "Editors on Editing."  Wilcox was named Variety Magazine's "Artisan Of The Year" and has been featured in The L.A. Times, Vanity Fair, CinemaEditor Magazine, and CineMontage.

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