Nora Gully is Kartemquin Films' Post Production and Preservation Associate. She works as an editor and post production supervisor for films in production and manages film preservation projects with the 47-year-old Kartemquin Archive. She also does freelance editing work in Chicago.
Nora played a big role in getting a remastered version of Hoop Dreams off the ground for its 20th anniversary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. She pieced together the film's complex distribution history through various tape formats, located the best master elements, and worked with UCLA Film & Television Archive in order to make preservation prints.
Nora most recently edited the bilingual short Unity Dinners, about a project that brought together residents of Chicago’s North Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods through the shared experience of food. Outside of Kartemquin, she was an editor on How to Build a School in Haiti, associate editor and French translator on Finding Vivian Maier and post production supervisor for Head Games.
Her first credit with Kartemquin was on the Emmy Award-winning The Interrupters, first as assistant editor and subsequently as post-production supervisor. She shepherded its popular festival run, its theatrical release, and delivered multiple versions to national and international broadcasters, including PBS Frontline, BBC Storyville, CBC’s The Passionate Eye and Canal Plus. She simultaneously did assistant editing on Kartemquin Films' A Good Man and Ruthless Films' Tony & Janina's American Wedding.
A student of film history, Nora took an interest in preserving Kartemquin's legacy and has secured three consecutive grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation for The Chicago Maternity Center Story, Trick Bag, Now We Live on Clifton, Winnie Wright, Age 11 and Viva La Causa. She is also managing a multiyear project to inventory the Kartemquin Archive with support from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Nora was previously a video producer/editor for Four Corners Media and the Financial Times, an assistant editor at Ark Media in New York, and a multimedia designer at PBS member station WHYY in Philadelphia. She studied art history and film studies at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.