The Fellowship and Service Award acknowledges a member who
exhibits not only exemplary skill in the craft of editing, but also a set of
values which include professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of
spirit and commitment to the labor. The award was first presented in 2007 to veteran
editor Donn Cambern, A.C.E.
Allen began her film career in 1943 as a messenger at
Columbia Pictures. She quickly found her passion in the cutting room, working
with director Robert Wise on Odds Against Tomorrow. Her career went on to include credits in Reds,
Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, The Hustler, Alice's Restaurant,
Slaughterhouse Five, The Milagro Beanfield War, Dog Day Afternoon, Wonder Boys, and Serpico. She is currently editing Fireflies in the Garden, slated for 2008 release.
"The combination of her passionate contribution to the
making of a movie, her loving generosity in helping and training others to make
movies, and her dedication to perfection puts Dede Allen in a class by herself," says Beatty.