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Producer / Director

Holly Buechel is an emerging filmmaker and award-winning director for her short, “Speed of Fencing.” She is an editor at Red Iron NYC and has produced several short sports and non-profit projects. Her latest project, “Fencing for the Edge,” is currently in post-production as her first feature-length documentary. As a competitive fencer and filmmaker, Holly continues to explore the visual challenges and stories in the sport of fencing.

As the Assistant Editor on the theatrically successful documentary “Bully”, Holly Buechel saw the film from the beginning of post-production to its theatrical release at the Tribeca Film Festival. She was also the Assistant Editor on First Position, a competition-based feature documentary about young ballet dancers, and Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory, a documentary exploring the relationship between Alzheimer patients and reviving memories with music. Holly Buechel’s editing work received two awards at the 2011 City Visions film festival. Her collaborative efforts were recognized for Best Documentary Editing for “Talking Drum,” directed by Kamisha Smith, and as the editor for the Best Fiction Film award winner, “Alex,” directed by Annalisa Vozza. She also won a 2013 Silver Telly Award for her editing work on educational Internet videos for the NEA's STEM initiative.

Graduating from the University Pennsylvania with two majors, Holly Buechel completed a Bachelor's degree in Animation and in Visual Studies with a concentration in the Sciences of Seeing. She completed her MFA in Media Communication Arts in Video Editing at CUNY's City College of New York. Holly Buechel grew up in South Orange, NJ and now resides back in her hometown.

Holly was an NJSIAA State Champion and helped her team win the Santelli Team title and NJSIAA State Team title. Holly competed for the University of Pennsylvania for four years and was a 2-time All-American, Ivy League Champion, IFA Champion, and Junior Pan American Champion. Continuing to fence after college for the New York Athletic Club, she was on the Silver medal winning team of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China and was a 3-time US National Team Champion. She was an alternate to the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and continues to referee at national and collegiate events.


Cast & Crew


Bernards High School Fencing Team

Columbia High School Fencing Team

Peter Westbrook

Samuel 'Doc' D'Ambola

Denise O'Connor

Andy Shaw

1976 & 1984 Silver Medalist Olympian

1960s Essex Catholic Fencing Coach

1964 & 1976 Olympian

USA Fencing Historian



Holly Buechel


Jenna A. Bush


Holly Buechel

Jenna A. Bush

Assistant Editor

Matthew Buechel

Sound Designer

Jack Smith


Hai-Tao Wu

Kim Bunce

Jessica Vogt Johnson

Sound Mixer

Nicholas Guldner

Ja-Ann Wang

Michael Sterkin

Additional Camera

Holly Buechel

Kathryn Rende

Gary Bardizbanian

Warut Snidvongs

Paul Demonte

Sergei Krasikov

Joe Leih

Jordan Schmelzer

Kyler Dennis

Ben Dewey

Daniel Pelzar

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