King in the Wilderness 2018
Outstanding Historical Documentary
A chronicle of the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible, Dr. King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos.
Director: Peter Kunhardt
Music: Saul Simon MacWilliams
Far From the Tree 2017
Centerpiece Premiere DOCNYC
An intimate portrayal of families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.”
Co-edited with Ben Gold
IFC Films/Participant Media/Ark Media
Director: Rachel Dretzin
Co-Director: Jamila Ephron
Music: Nico Muhly, Yo La Tengo
PBS broadcast February 15, 2021
I edited this film from March - Nov. 2020
This forthcoming film, for the PBS American Experience series, explores the intersection of art, history and social justice through the life of the groundbreaking African American singer Marian Anderson, whose 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial was a culminating moment of the early civil rights movement.
American Experience Films/Apograph Productions
Director: Rob Rapley
Expected release early 2021
I edited this film from April 2019 - March 2020
Set amidst the divisiveness and toxicity of the current era, Into the Lion's Den follows activist-journalist Van Jones on a mission to unite people through the common-ground issues of criminal justice reform and the drug addiction crisis.
Meridian Hill Pictures
Director: Brandon Kramer
Expected release early 2021
I edited this film from Feb. 2018 - April 2019
By filming with an array of people in areas around the United States, and exploring historic and fictional archives, this feature film deconstructs the United States’s complicated memory of the
Civil War and Reconstruction.
Director: Rachel Boynton
Music: Nathan Larson
I AM STEVEN J. GOLLIDAY
I have edited multiple feature documentaries and short films. The projects I've done have each provided me with cherished experiences and insights, which guide me as an artist and as a human being. While working on the Emmy Award-winning King in the Wilderness (Sundance 2018), I grappled with the privilege and responsibility of telling a story as significant as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s oft overlooked later years, and dealt with the challenge of lyrically combining interviews and archival material to transmit the presentness of history.
Cutting vérité films like Far From the Tree (DOC NYC 2017) and Civil War (or Who Do We Think We Are) honed my empathic approach to editing, as well as my abilities to provide structure to captured moments of everyday life, that in their lived forms can be incomprehensible, frightening, and sometimes unexpectedly beautiful.
Within the documentary community and industry, I am committed to revolutionizing the structures that have long failed to incorporate marginalized peoples in an equitable and meaningful way.