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Sally Volkmann is an artist & documentary editor from Michigan.


She is drawn to intimate, character-driven narratives, non-linear storytelling and the rich texture of archival. Her work reflects her interests in climate solutions, social justice, and the creative process.


Contributing to the documentary community is very important to her:

  • Sally guest lectures at high schools, colleges and universities. Sharing insights with the next generation of storytellers from her 10+ years of bicoastal industry experience on award winning films.

  • She has partnered with the International Documentary Association (IDA) as a jury member for the IDA Awards and was a moderator on a cyber-security panel.

  • From 2018-2022, she served on the Steering Committee of the Alliance of Documentary Editors (ADE). During this time, she prioritized information exchange. From organizing the wage survey and deal memo template to mentorship through the Shadow Days Program. 


Additionally, Sally has been awarded two fellowships. She joined the 2020-2021 cohort as an Emerging Editor in the Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room Program. At the 2017 Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab she served as a Contributing Editor on Warrior Women where her work was featured in the final film. 


Her passion for documentary and art combined when she collaborated with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC on “Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South”. This five-screen immersive video installation was the first of its kind for the gallery. The documentaries allowed the artists to tell their own stories while the floor-to-ceiling projections placed the pieces in their original contexts.


In her fine art practice, Sally typically creates hand drawn, colored-pencil series on distressed watercolor paper. Prints and products featuring her artwork can be found on Society 6 and Red Bubble


Sally is available remotely and in New York / Los Angeles.

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