ABOUT

Jim Hession is a filmmaker.

Most recently, he edited and co-wrote THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (directed by Robert Cannan & Ross Adam). The film debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival before being acquired by Magnolia Pictures.     

Hession is the editor of RICH HILL (directed by Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo), winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film was deemed by RogerEbert.com as being "a documentary to rank alongside such classics about indigence and family as Grey Gardens and Hoop Dreams."

He is also co-editor (along with E. Donna Shepherd) of MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (directed by Matthew Akers), which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The movie garnered numerous honors, including a George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy Award, the Grand Jury Award at the 2012 Sheffield Doc/Fest, and the Panorama Audience Award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Including the film on his list of the year's 10 best movies, John Waters concluded that it is "maybe the most perfect documentary ever made about an artist."

Hession also edited (along with Derek Doneen) KOBE BRYANT'S MUSE (directed by Gotham Chopra), which premiered on Showtime in 2015.

He is the recipient of the 3rd Annual Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Award, an Emmy Award nominee, and a three-time Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab fellow.

Hession holds a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University. He lives in Long Beach, California with his wife, Dr. Mariela Hession, M.D., and their three children, Isabella Rose, Adrian Brody, and James Matteo.