Canadian Cinema Editors Celebrate Roushell Goldstein

Film Editor Roushell Goldstein


The Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE) recently announced that it will celebrate the work of prolific film editor Roushell Goldstein at the industry’s sixth annual awards ceremony. The Ottawa-born Goldstein lived in Jerusalem for several years before returning to Canada in 1973 and beginning her career as an editor with Hobel-Leiterman Productions.

Goldstein’s early credits with Hobel-Leiterman included the weekly documentary series Here Comes the ‘70s and Target the Impossible. Throughout the years, Goldstein has accumulated numerous credits in both drama and documentary across several platforms, including Mountain: the Work of James B. Spencer (1977); Playing for Keeps (1990), and the NFB production Them That’s Not (1993). In 1989, she edited and shared directing credits with Francine Zuckerman on the doc Half the Kingdom, which profiled seven women around the world in a search for common ground between faiths. Her most notable credit, though, might be the meticulously crafted Raoul Wallenberg Buried Alive (1983), which told the story of a Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of many Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. The film won the Canadian Genie for Best Documentary Feature and made the documentary shortlist in the Academy Awards race.

Goldstein’s additional work includes the TV series Degrassi Junior High, Hurt Penguins (1992), and the controversial drama Paris, France (1993), for which she earned a Genie nomination for Best Film Editing.

The nominees in the feature documentary category at this year’s CCE Awards are: Cathy Gulkin, Guantanamo’s Child; Michèle Hozer, Sugar Coated; Nick Taylor, Al Purdy was Here; Eamonn O’Connor, Carole Larsen & Sally Blake, The Messenger; and Robert Swartz, Hurt.

The nominees in the category of Best Editing in Documentary- Short Form are: Tiffany Beaudin, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah; Kathryn Dickson, The Woman Who Joined The Taliban; Mark Holtze, American Lawmen: Melvin Purvis, The Gangbuster; Jason Schneider, Keeping Canada Alive: Ep 1; and Sarah Taylor, The Harder I Fight II.

The CCE Awards will be handed out June 2, 2016.