Professor wins Emmy for sound editing

Pat Jackson, associate professor of cinema, has won an Emmy Award for her sound editing on the HBO film "Hemingway and Gellhorn."

A photo of Associate Professor of Cinema Pat Jackson.

Associate Professor of Cinema Pat Jackson

Jackson served as a sound editor on the film and was among several editors and designers who received an Emmy for "Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special." The winners of the Creative Arts Emmy awards were announced Sept. 16.

Jackson’s other sound editing credits include "The Godfather: Part II," "The English Patient" and "Toy Story." This is her first Emmy nomination and win. She received a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nomination in 1996 for "The English Patient." At SF State, Jackson teaches courses on editing, sound design and directing.

"What is remarkable about Pat is that, in addition to being one of the world's best sound designers, she is also an amazing teacher beloved by her students and a generous colleague who is always willing to help on a committee or function," said Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi.

Filmed in the Bay Area, "Hemingway and Gellhorn" tells the story of the tumultuous romance between writer Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. As a member of the sound editing team, Jackson blended archival footage with live-action shots and found sounds that recreated the freezing Finnish front during World War II and the tropical ambiance of Hemingway's Cuba.

Jackson joins a long line of SF State faculty and alumni who have won major awards in film and television. Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Hamid Khani received a Northern California Emmy Award in 2003 for a children's series he produced for Peninsula TV. Alumni Primetime Emmy Award recipients include Peter Casey (B.A. '75) for "Cheers" and "Frasier" and Glenn Charles (B.A. '68) for "Cheers." SF State alumni have also been nominated for Academy Awards each of the past 13 years.

-- Jonathan Morales