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34 CINEMONTAGE / Q4 2018 Coincidentally, two separate documentaries on Ginsberg were released earlier this year: RBG and Who Is the Notorious RBG? CineMontage caught up with Tesoro to talk about her experiences working on this project, the challenges of transitioning from episodic TV (The Newsroom, 2012-2014, and House of Cards, 2013-2018, are just two of her credits) to feature films, and her love of editing. Tesoro first met director Leder on the last episode of HBO's Luck (2011-12), a project about the world of horse racing. "Mimi and I did the finale together," explains Tesoro. "She's a really good director — very specific, which is a dream for an editor. She knows what she wants and is able to get it on set, but she leaves it open to interpretation." Leder tried to bring Tesoro onto other projects since then, but the timing didn't work out until this feature film. "A high-pressure situation" is how Tesoro describes editing On the Basis of Sex. "It's a biography, but we wanted it to be more than a straight biopic," she Michelle Tesoro Helps Depict RBG as an Agent of Change by Debra Kaufman • portraits by Wm. Stetz I n a year that's featured contentious debates over the #MeToo movement, On the Basis of Sex, which opens on Christmas Day, is the most timely holiday present imaginable. The Focus Features film, directed by Mimi Leder and edited by Michelle Tesoro, details the early career of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones), who has championed women's rights throughout her lengthy career. She started off as one of only nine women in her Harvard Law School class of over 500, and the movie's title refers to the first of Ginsburg's many judicial battles for gender equality. A Justice for All On the Basis of Sex. Focus Features

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