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Award-winning editor, writer and producer with 37+ years experience in broadcast and independent media. 

Professional Experience

Editor/Producer, Shirley Thompson Editorial, 1989 – present.

Freelance editor since 1989 collaborating with directors from Alaska to New York City. I edit and produce documentary films as well as trailers and sample reels for documentaries. I also work as an editorial/story consultant for films. Based in Honolulu since 2010. Formerly Dallas and San Francisco.

Recent films I have edited and/or produced include: Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i (2021), Savvy (2020), Crossing Spaces (2019), Finding Kukan (2018), Kū Kanaka (2018), Winning Girl (2015), Eating Alaska (2010), Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i (2009).  

Director/Producer/Writer, Chop Chop Media, Honolulu, 2011- 2014.

Created high-impact web videos in the early days of social media for business with my spouse; cameraman, colorist and graphics guru Stanford Chang. Clients include University of Hawai‘i, ProService, Locations, Hawaiian Airlines.

Avid Certified Instructor, 1994 – 2006, Trained hundreds of editors introductory to advanced editing software skills in the Avid Certification Program.

Cameraperson/Editor/Producer, WWL-TV (CBS), New Orleans, LA.
September 1988 – September 1989
On-air promotions and PSA’s.

Cameraperson/Editor/Producer, Entergy Corporation, New Orleans, LA
March 1985 – September 1988

Production Assistant/Editor, Group W Cable, Violet, LA
March 1984 – March 1985

Production Assistant/Editor, Loyola Institute for Ministry, New Orleans, LA
March 1983 – March 1984


Maine Film and Video Workshops,
1987 – 1990

Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Graduated cum laude May 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications and Political Science.

Professional Affiliations

Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, since 2011, currently on the Board of Directors.

New Day Films, 1993 – present, 6 years active on the Steering Committee.

San Francisco State University, Lecturer, 1998 – 1999, co-taught editing in the MFA program with filmmaker and professor Pat Ferrero.

Bay Area Video Coalition, Instructor, 1993 – 1998, taught editing classes.


Childhood: New Orleans, Louisiana. Heritage:  Latina/Caribbean American. Mother from Chile, Father from Cayman Islands/Nicaragua.

I can edit in Spanish. Social butterfly. Love to cook and entertain. Love to travel. Love live music and dancing.




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