VARIETY Below-the-Line Impact Report 2016!55/kayla-emter/

Kayla Emter was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in film.  Wanting to continue honing her craft she moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute, with a concentration in Film Editing.  Following her time at AFI, Kayla began her career as an Assistant Editor and started working with Editor John Axelrad, on Something Borrowed, followed by Gone, in which she received the elevated credit of Additional Editor.

Working with Axelrad, she went on to Co-Edit James Gray’s Cannes film The Immigrant, distributed by The Weinstein Company, and Don Cheadle’s critically acclaimed Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, which premiered at multiple film festivals including Sundance and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. 

As a sole Editor, Kayla cut the Lorene Scafaria dramedy The Meddler, which premiered at TIFF and starred Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons, and Rose Byrne.  After completing that film, Emter worked on the Sundance film The Land directed by Steven Caple Jr. as well as Karen Moncrieff’s The Keeping Hours from Blumhouse and Universal.

Most recently, Kayla Edited Lake Bell’s sophomore directorial feature I Do... Until I Don’t, which stars Lake Bell, Ed Helms and Mary Steenburgen, and Jeremy Ungar’s RIDE, Produced by Keith Kjarvel.  Emter has just locked picture on Ben Shelton’s Netflix feature Candy Jar

Emter has also been named in both the Daily Variety 2016 Below the Line Impact Report, as well as The Stage 32 2016 Women Trailblazers.