Co-Founder of Red Wolf films

Elisa Bonora ACE BFE

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Professional
Bio

Elisa Bonora was born and raised in Italy and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her editing career. She initially worked with JOE PYTKA editing campaigns for a wide range of well-known global brands.
 
 
Her breakthrough in long-format editing came when director OLIVER STONE approached her to edit COMANDANTE (2003), a feature length documentary about Fidel Castro. This was followed by a collaboration with two-time Oscar winner PIETRO SCALIA to edit ASHES AND SNOW (2005) directed by GREGORY COLBERT.
 
 
She served as editor and co-producer of NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LAZLO AND VILMOS (2008) directed by JAMES CHERSSANTHIS which premiered at Cannes Film Festival and scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. Another collaboration between Elisa and OLIVER STONE came in the form of SOUTH OF THE BORDER (2009) premiering at Venice Film Festival.
 
 
Elisa then edited and co-produced BRAVE MISS WORLD (2013) directed by CECILIA PECK which earned an Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. In the same year, she also worked on BLACKFISH (2013) directed by GABRIELA COWPERTHWAITE, which was shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
 
 
She collaborated with director JAMES KEACH on the multi-award winning GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME (2014). Not only was the film nominated for 2 Grammy's, an Oscar, a Satellite Award and a Critics Choice Award, but Elisa was nominated for BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY by the AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS. It was accompanied with an invitation for her to join the honorary society of the American Cinema Editors (ACE).
 
Following collaborations on THE IVORY GAME (2016), BENDING THE ARC (2017) and FRANCA, CHAOS AND CREATION (2016),Elisa edited Emmy nominated GHOST FLEET (2018), directed by SHANNON SERVICE and JEFFREY WALDON which premiered at Telluride Film Festival. Returning to a music documentary, she next edited DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME (2019) directed by A.J. EATON,which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Film. 
 
She went on to edit QUIET EXPLOSIONS (2020) directed by Emmy winner JERRI SHER, followed by DECONSTRUCTING KAREN (2022) directed by PATTY IVINS SPECHT. STILL WORKING 9-5 (2022) directed by CAMILLE HARDMAN and GARY LANE was her next project and premiered at South by SouthWest. 
 
Red Wolf Films had just opened its doors when editing began on DEEP RISING (2023) directed by MATTHIEU RYTZ and narrated by JASON MOMOA. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was the first collaboration between Elisa and Red Wolf's Finola Couling. Their collaboration continued alongside another Red Wolf editor, Rupert Hall, on MAESTRA (2023) directed by MAGGIE CONTRERAS which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in June 2023.
 

In 2023 and 2024 Elisa has edited A MAN WITH SOLE, THE IMPACT OF KENNETH COLE and KENNY LOGGINS CONVICTION OF THE HEART, both directed by Tony winner DORI BERINSTEIN.

"And then it's up to us to create a story...

...that makes you really know him, from the inside out - viscerally - music and cinema and cuts and editing from Elisa and Veronica.

Can I just say it was the best editing experience I've ever been involved in.

It was not part of the studio experience - it was basically us outside the studio experience, folllowing our hearts and making it very personal...

...and it was great, so much fun."
— CAMERON CROWE
academy award winning director

"Creative & Collaborative,
with a strong sense of storytelling"

"Elisa is extremely capable of taking direction and exploring creative choices to help a director's vision. Working with her assures me that the project will reach its full potential.

Her stamina, passion and extensive work as an editor has provided her with the ideal base to segue into editing a feature film. I am confident that she is able to edit any project from day one".
— OLIVER STONE
academy award winning director

Industry
Recognition

Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Film
“David Crosby Remember My Name” produced by Cameron Crowe
Boston Film Festival Best Editing Award (2018)
“The Turning Point" by James Keach
Emmy Nomination as Co-Producer
for Best Documentary Film (2014) “Brave Miss World “ by Cecilia Peck
ACE Eddie Award Nomination
for Best Edited Documentary (2015) “Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me” by James Keach
Emmy Award Nomination As Co-Producer (2015)
“No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos”
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Golden and Bronze Lion Winner in 1997 for commercial TIM campaign and for VISA campaign.
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redwolf films with jason momoa
Elisa Bonora, Fin Couling & Jason Momoa at Sundance Festival 2023
Elisa Gio Fin at Sundance 23
Elisa Bonora Fim Editor

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