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A master class in film editing

Western Walk of Stars honoree Joel Cox answers questions on his craft to benefit COC cinema program

Posted: April 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Guests to “An Evening with Joel Cox” enjoy a wine reception prior to the Q&A with Clint Eastwood’s longtime film editor.

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Joel Cox, Oscar-winning film editor, spent Saturday evening talking about his more than 50-year career in film.

An Evening with Joel Cox”served as a kickoff event for the Cowboy Festival, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at Melody Motion Picture Ranch.

Cox, of Newhall, answered questions about his life and career posed by moderator Ed Masterson.

He also took questions from the audience, which filled nearly every seat in the Hasley Hall Theater on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons.

The result was a near master class in film editing. The event was also a fund raiser for the COC Cinema Program and International Film Festival.

Prior to the question-and-answer session, guests enjoyed a wine reception catered by Salt Creek Grille Catering.

Each guest received a souvenir wine glass from the event.

Cox, whose first brush with the movies came in 1942 as a 6-week-old baby in the film “Random Harvest.”

He started work at age 18 in the Warner Bros. mailroom on Jan.16, 1961.

Cox told the audience it took him 11 years to get into the feature Film Editing department, a goal he set his sights on early.

Cox won the Academy Award for film editing for the Eastwood Western, “Unforgiven.”

Several members of the audience commented that Cox should also have won an Oscar for the 2004 film “Million Dollar Baby.” The film captured Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

A member of the audience commented, “It seems that film editing would have something to do with that.”

In addition to the 1992 film “Unforgiven” Cox has worked on the Western classics “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Pale Rider” and “The Wild Bunch.”

Late Western film actor Glenn Ford and Cox will be honored this year with induction into the Walk of Western Stars in downtown Newhall.

Cox will receive his saddle plaque tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Newhall.

The event is open to the public and coincides with the Senses street party held the third Thursday of each month in Newhall.

Ford’s saddle plaque will also be unveiled at the Senses event.

mbuttelman@the-signal.com
661-287-5590

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