Artist of the Month, July 2015 — Holly Buechel

Almost 15 years after walking into a high school cafeteria, Holly went from an awkward freshman to an internationally competitive fencer on the road to the Olympics. Becoming confident, charismatic, and hardworking, she was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania and fenced all four years with BAs in Fine Arts and Science of Visual Studies. After graduation, her first paid job was coaching high school fencers in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey. After three seasons of teams, Buechel returned to grad school and received her MFA in Film Editing from the City College of New York. As an editor, Holly enjoys fencing for its use of timing, subtle movements, and problem solving for each opponent’s fencing style. Combining her love for fencing, she worked on several documentary assignments about the sport leading up to her short film, Speed of Fencing. To make the sport more familiar, Holly recorded fencing in slow motion to demonstrate the beauty and speed of the sport which is missed by non-fencers when viewed at full speed. Holly’s new film, Fencing For The Edge, is a feature documentary in post-production about high school fencing in New Jersey and how the sport impacts these teen lives.

Holly Buechel is an emerging filmmaker from South Orange, NJ and award-winning director living in New York City. She collaborates with the newly-founded production team, Mad Hatter Media, as their lead Editor and Co-Producer. Holly Buechel’s first short film, Speed of Fencing, received honors at the Big Apple Film Festival for Best Experimental Film in 2012. The film has toured the country in numerous festivals and has increased the profile of the sport. She has also won a 2013 Silver Telly Award for her editing work on educational Internet videos for the NEA’s STEM initiative. As the Assistant Editor on the theatrically successful documentary Bully, Holly Buechel saw the film from the beginning of post-production to its theatrical release at the Tribeca Film Festival. She was also the Assistant Editor on First Position, a youth competition ballet documentary.  She completed her MFA in Media Communication Arts in Video Editing at CUNY’s City College of New York. As a freelance, New York City-based editor, Holly Buechel has worked on commercial projects for MTV, Pantene, HP, Jennie-O Turkey Burgers, Leon Paul, and Bank of America. She has also been a Junior Editor for an OWN TV series and a pilot. Some of her web-based clients include Howcast.com, Girls Scouts USA, and the US Olympic Committee. Holly was an NJSIAA State Champion in epee in 2002 and won the NJIS epee titles in 2002 and 2003 for Oak Knoll School. Holly competed for the University of Pennsylvania and was a 2-time All-American, on the Ivy League Championship team, Junior Pan American Champion, and IFA Epee Individual champion. Continuing to fence after college, Holly finished in the top-8 of several Division 1 NACs and was on the National Championship Epee Team in 2010 for the New York Athletic Club. She was on the Silver medal winning team of the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China and has traveled to five continents for World Cups.

To see Speed of Fencing go to https://vimeo.com/99163432 . To see the trailer for Fencing for the Edge go to : http://fencingfortheedge.com