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 filmmaker Peter Forgacs on his Getty Center installation, The Danube Exodus, and with artist Judy Chicago for her permanent installation of The Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. 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 edited, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. The following year, The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club, featuring Kathy Bates, won the Emmy Award for Best Historical Film, and several audience and best feature doc awards.
Her more recent work includes The Light In Her Eyes (a window into a Qu’ran school for girls in Syria, which aired on POV and toured the world with Sundance's Film Forward series), Limited Partnership (an epic love story that defined a movement; Winner 2015 IDA Humanitas Award; Independent Lens), CITY 40 (inside a closed Russian nuclear city, a single mother risks her life to expose state secrets in one of the most contaminated places on earth (2017 Emmy Nominee for Best Investigative Documentary; Netflix; 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 theatrical release), The American Meme (Tribeca and Hot Docs; 2018 Netflix release) and Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man (Hot Docs).
She is also 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.