Kenny Dodson was born in the small city of Altoona, in the heart of Pennsylvania. While attending his local high school, he received his first taste of filmmaking in the school’s award-winning Broadcasting program. After using AVID in the classroom, Kenny quickly became addicted to the art of editing and knew that he would follow this passion into the film industry.
While attending Penn State University, Kenny met and became inspired by Mark Livolsi, an Alum and Editor of highly regarded films such as “Wedding Crashers,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley and Me,” and "The Jungle Book." Through Mark, Kenny began an internship on the commercial hit “The Blind Side.” Immediately following his graduation from PSU, Kenny began working with Mark and his crew on the motion picture, “The Big Year”, starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin.
Kenny moved to Los Angeles soon after, working with Academy Award winning Editor Joe Hutshing (JFK, Born on the Fourth of July) on "We Bought a Zoo" before reuniting with Mark Livolsi on another two feature films, including Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” Additionally, Kenny has worked with Editor Cindy Mollo (Mad Men, House of Cards) on the film "Broken City." Through his experience on five $30 million+ movies, Kenny garnered an enormous wealth of experience and decided to put it to use as a full-time Editor.
To further his developing career, Kenny began to build a portfolio of independent films including the shorts, “Losing Sam” and “The Quiet Loud” in 2011 and 2012, respectively. He then landed his first feature film in 2013, “Suicide For Beginners”, a dark comedy, directed by Craig Thieman.
Kenny’s additional editing credits include five feature films. Notably, the occult western “Western Religion” for James O’Brien, which has premiered at the Marche du Film at Cannes Film Festival. And the award-winning crime drama "Killing Lazarus" for Desmond Faison.
Each new venture has presented a unique set of challenges that have added to Kenny’s already diverse portfolio of editing skills.
- Written by Amy Turiano