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Eric James Zumbrunnen (November 1964 – August 1, 2017) was a film editor who won the ACE Eddie Award for the film Being John Malkovich (1999).



Zumbrunnen graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism.[1] From 1985 to 1987, Zumbrunnen was lead singer and guitarist in the Los Angeles proto-alt band, Holmes, along side with fellow singer and guitarist, Bart Lipton. Often referred to as "the 83rd hottest band in L.A.", Holmes was known mostly for its bizarre mashup hybrid tracks "Wagon Train to Hell" and "Ironsides".[citation needed]

Zumbrunnen was a member in the American Cinema Editors.[2]

Zumbrunnen died after a battle with cancer on August 1, 2017.[3]

Collaboration with Spike JonzeEdit

Zumbrunnen had a notable collaboration with the director Spike Jonze. He edited Jonze's early short films How They Get There (1997) and Amarillo by Morning (1998). Jonze directed Being John Malkovich; in addition to winning the ACE Eddie for Zumbrunnen, that film was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing. Their next collaboration, Adaptation. (2002), was nominated both for an ACE Eddie Award and for a Satellite Award for Best Editing. For their last collaboration, Zumbrunnen, paired with editor Jeff Buchanan, was again nominated for the Eddie for Jonze's Her (2013).


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Nyren, Erin (August 17, 2017). "Eric Zumbrunnen, Editor of 'Being John Malkovich,' Dies at 52". Variety.
  2. ^ "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 17, 2017). "Eric Zumbrunnen Dies: Spike Jonze's Go-To Film Editor Was 52". Deadline Hollywood.

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