Director’s Bio

holly_photoshoppedHolly Buechel is an emerging filmmaker and award-winning director for her short, “Speed of Fencing.” She is an editor at Red Iron NYC and has produced several short sports and non-profit projects. Her latest project, “Fencing for the Edge,” is currently in post-production as her first feature-length documentary.

Holly Buechel’s first short film, “Speed of Fencing”, received honors at the Big Apple Film Festival for Best Experimental Film in 2012. At the pinnacle of technology, Holly’s vision for Speed of Fencing shows the fencing in super slow motion for the first time in history. The film has toured the country in numerous festivals and has increased the profile of the sport. As a competitive fencer and filmmaker, Holly continues to explore the visual challenges and stories in the sport of fencing. Her next project is a feature-length fencing documentary, which is in production with Mad Matter Media.

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 competition-based feature documentary about young ballet dancers, and Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory, a documentary exploring the relationship between Alzheimer patients and reviving memories with music. Holly Buechel’s editing work received two awards at the 2011 City Visions film festival. Her collaborative efforts were recognized for Best Documentary Editing for “Talking Drum,” directed by Kamisha Smith, and as the editor for the Best Fiction Film award winner, “Alex,” directed by Annalisa Vozza. She also won a 2013 Silver Telly Award for her editing work on educational Internet videos for the NEA’s STEM initiative.

Graduating from the University Pennsylvania with two majors, Holly Buechel completed a Bachelor’s degree in Animation and in Visual Studies with a concentration in the Sciences of Seeing. She completed her MFA in Media Communication Arts in Video Editing at CUNY’s City College of New York. Holly Buechel grew up in South Orange, NJ and now resides back in her hometown.

Holly was an NJSIAA State Champion in epee in 2002 and won the NJIS epee titles in 2002 and 2003. She was a 2-time District Champion for Oak Knoll School and helped her team win the 2002 Santelli Team title and 2002 NJSIAA State Team title. Holly competed for the University of Pennsylvania for four years and was a 2-time All-American. In her freshman year, she helped her team win the Ivy League Championships and was a 2-time First Team All-Ivy member. She was the 2004 Junior Pan American Champion in epee in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and won the IFA Epee Individual title in 2005. 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. She was on the Silver medal winning team of the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China and has traveled to over 10 countries for World Cups. She was an alternate to the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Check out her fencing progression from 2000-2010 in this one-minute documentary.

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