Born in New York City, Editor, Monique Zavistovski, was raised by two classical musicians on the edge of the Sleepy Hollow woods in Washington Irving’s hometown of Irvington, New York.
She graduated with an MFA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has won awards worldwide, including at Sundance and the Emmys. Her latest project, RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and won the Festival Favorites Audience Award at SXSW.
At the start of her career, Monique worked with artist Judy Chicago on a retrospective of Atmospheres for her 2002 American museum tour and with filmmaker Peter Forgacs on his Getty Center installation, The Danube Exodus. A Cameroonian short narrative she edited, Mboutoukou, won the Jury Prize at South By Southwest and at over a dozen film festivals worldwide. In 2006, The Wraith of Cobble Hill, which Monique produced and co-edited, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. The following year she edited The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club, featuring Kathy Bates, which won the Emmy Award for Best Historical Film, and several audience and best feature doc awards.
In addition to RAISE HELL (Sundance, 2019), her more recent work includes Sundance’s Film Forward selection The Light In Her Eyes (POV, 2012), Limited Partnership (Winner 2015 IDA Humanitas Award; Independent Lens), CITY 40 (2017 Emmy Nominee for Best Investigative Documentary; Hot Docs and Sheffield Grandy Jury Prize Nominee), Abortion: Stories Women Tell (HBO Documentary Films; 2018 Emmy Nominee for Best Social Issue Documentary), Served Like a Girl (SXSW, 2017), The American Meme (Tribeca and Hot Docs, 2018; Netflix), Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man (Hot Docs), and Stars and Strife (Starz, 2020).
Monique is also a co-author of Children and Fish Don’t Talk: Adventures with Nazis, Communists and the Metropolitan Opera (2013, Sunstone Press) and her directorial debut, The Pursuit of Happiness, about the legacy of antidepressants, premiered at the 2002 New Orleans Film Festival. It was called, “The strongest of the films,” at Women in the Director’s Chair. She is the winner of the 2006 INSIGHT award for Excellence in Editing for her work on The Shape of Water, narrated by Susan Sarandon.
Monique resides in Los Angeles with her daughter and husband, filmmaker and artist, Adam Parrish King.