Academy Award ® winning editor of
The Hurt Locker
(Nominated for 9 Oscars® and Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including
"Best Picture" &
The Story of the Swimmer
Five part 2-1/2 hour documentary
about the making of
the cult film
starring Burt Lancaster
Chris Innis, ACE, is the Academy-Award® winning film editor of the critically-acclaimed thriller, The Hurt Locker. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a B.A. in film studies, and earned an M.F.A. in live-action filmmaking from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the creative arts school founded by Walt Disney.
Innis also won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Award), American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie award, and International Press Academy's Golden Satellite award for "Best Film Editing" for The Hurt Locker, with co-editor, Bob Murawski, ACE. The two were also honored with "Best Editing" awards from Boston Film Critics and Las Vegas Film Critics, as well as from the International Cinephile and Online Film Critics Societies.
Recently Chris Innis has been editing a pre-visualization for an upcoming feature film thriller for a major movie studio. She edited and produced the short documentary Evil Dead 40: A Special Night with Bruce Campbell which made its theatrical debut in October 2021 in a nationwide one night celebration of the 40th anniversary of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead. Innis also co-produced and edited the Grindhouse Releasing/Fathom Events trailer & ad campaign for the same celebration of The Evil Dead for AMC and Regal Theaters.
Some of Innis' other editorial credits include Sam Raimi's cult TV show American Gothic (Lead Editor, Universal/CBS) starring Gary Cole, Sarah Paulson, and Lucas Black, Raimi's The Gift (Music Editor) starring Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank and Keanu Reeves, Raimi's original Marvel blockbuster, the first Spider-man (Music Editor: Temp Score and Temp Title Sequence Editor) starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco, as well as Ridley Scott's Navy Seals film G.I.Jane (Associate Editor) starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen and Anne Bancroft. She worked her way up alongside Academy Award®-winning film editors, Pietro Scalia ACE and Joe Hutshing ACE, with whom she first worked on the Oliver Stone film JFK, also a best picture Oscar®nominee and "Best Film Editing" Oscar®-winning film starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland.
Innis is an elected member and has served as an Associate Director on the 2014-2016 board of the American Cinema Editors (ACE). She is also a member of BAFTA.
A writer-filmmaker who has been a semi-finalist in the Academy of Arts and Sciences Don & Gee Nicholl Screenwriting fellowship, Innis was also a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writers Film Project Screenwriting Competition. While at CalArts film school she received a CalArts scholarship, a Blum-Kovler Foundation film grant, an CalArts/Ahmanson Foundation film grant, and was awarded a grant from CalArts/The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for experimental filmmaking. Innis is a recent fellow of the Ryan Murphy Television Directing Mentorship Program
(Half Initiative). She shadowed on the epic "7.1" earthquake episode(s) of Murphy's 9-1-1, starring Angela Bassett, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Peter Krause.
Her short films have screened at several major film festivals and she has written, directed and produced karaoke videos for Pioneer Electronics, as well as edited music videos for directors such as Jordan Scott of Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), and for artists such as Ice Cube, Onyx and DMX.
Innis is also a producer for cult film distributor(s) Grindhouse Releasing / Box Office Spectaculars with her co-producer/husband, Bob Murawski. She co-produced the digital restoration (and first-time release in the U.S. on Blu-Ray/DVD) of the 1966 spaghetti western, The Big Gundown, starring Lee Van Cleef (of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), written by long-time Sergio Leone collaborator, Sergio Donati and directed by Sergio Sollima, as well as the re-release and digital restoration of the 1968 cult film, The Swimmer, screenplay by Eleanor Perry and directed by Frank Perry from the John Cheever short story, starring Burt Lancaster, which won an International Press Academy Satellite Award for "Best Overall Blu-ray/DVD."
She also wrote, directed and produced a two-and-a-half hour, five part documentary on the making of The Swimmer, which is only available on the new release of The Swimmer on the Grindhouse Releasing Blu-Ray and DVD. The documentary features interviews with Joanna Lancaster (daughter of Burt Lancaster), actress/comedienne Joan Rivers (discussing one of her first film roles), actresses Janet Landgard and Marge Champion, UCLA Swim Coach Bob Horn, Ted Zachary and Michael Hertzberg (assistant directors), with archival interviews of film editor Sid Katz, ACE and Academy Award®-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch also discussing his first film score.
Critics have praised the Blu-ray release of The Swimmer with five star reviews and have called Innis' documentary The Story of the Swimmer "a fascinating Hollywood story" which is "miraculous... never a dull moment" and "impressive."
Chris Innis has lectured and been on panels at film schools, universities and public schools including at The University of Southern California (USC) film school, The American Film Institute (AFI), The University of Nebraska Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film in Lincoln Nebraska, The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Lincoln Nebraska Public Schools Arts & Humanities Focus Program and John F. Kennedy public high school's filmmaking magnet program in Los Angeles, California.
She has also served as a juror for the New Orleans Film Festival in 2014, awarding the inaugural "Best Editing" award to Tom Cross, ACE for the Damien Chazelle film Whiplash (the first award Cross had ever received). Cross would later go on to receive that year's Academy Award®. Innis has also served as an invited presenter at The International Press Academy's Satellite awards since 2010 presenting lifetime achievement awards to filmmakers such as film preservationist Robert Harris who restored Vertigo and Lawrence of Arabia, to actor Stacy Keach, and in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others.
Innis appears in the documentary 78/52 directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, a post-modern breakdown of the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The doc also features interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Elijah Wood, Jamie Lee Curtis, Peter Bogdanovich, Walter Murch, and Illeana Douglas. She also appears in Alexandre O. Philippe's Criterion Channel documentary shorts about Michelangelo Antonioni films L'Eclisse and L'Avventura, Existential Zombies: Antonioni's L'Eclisse and Modern Love: Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Eclisse. Innis was invited to give a filmed appreciation of Frank & Eleanor Perry's Diary of a Mad Housewife for Indicator/Powerhouse Films UK blu-ray remaster release of the film.
The Evil Dead 40th Anniversary Trailer Campaign
The Hurt Locker - Taxi Driver Sequence
The Hurt Locker - Cut the Red One
The Hurt Locker - Wild Man
The Hurt Locker - Snipers
Trumpet - trailer
A survey of 206 editors who invented, developed, fine-tuned and revolutionized the art of film editing. Curated by editor/filmmaker Su Friedrich.