Sara Newens is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Emmy-award winning editor who began her career working for CBS News in New York City. She most recently served as editor on Lana Wilson’s PRETTY BABY: BROOKE SHIELDS, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is now streaming on Hulu. She collaborated with Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering on the HBO docuseries ALLEN V. FARROW, which garnered 7 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Picture Editing as well as Cinema Eye Honors and ACE Eddie award nominations. She also served as Editor/Writer for Dick and Ziering’s feature, ON THE RECORD, which premiered at Sundance in 2020. She is known for cutting several fiction shorts and co-editing the critically acclaimed indie feature FREELAND, as well as Directing/Producing/Editing the documentary feature TOP SPIN and The New York Times Op-Docs film, FOOTPRINT.
A graduate of the MFA Documentary Film Program at Stanford University, she continues to create original work through her production company Wild Pair Films, co-owned by Mina T. Son. They recently launched a new feature entitled RACIST TREES in partnership with Wayfarer Studios, which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and had its North American Premiere at the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival.