Mary Ellen Porto
Supervising Sound Editor
Mary Ellen Porto has been a member of the New York sound editing community for over 30 years. She began her career in 1986 as part of the sound editing crew for the film “Working Girls” by Lizzie Borden. Since then she has worked on numerous films both large and small. Amongst the directors for whom she has supervised sound are Mira Nair (Hysterical Blindness), Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”), Tim Blake Nelson (“Eye of God”), Steve Buscemi (“Interview”), Stanley Tucci (“Blind Date”), Sebastian Junger (“Hell on Earth”), Amy Seimetz (“The Girlfriend Experience”), James Mangold (“Heavy”), Todd Haynes (“Poison”) and Amir Naderi (“Avenue ABC Manhattan”).
As a dialog/adr supervisor and a sound effects editor she has had the privilege to work with such luminaries as Sidney Lumet (“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”), Ang Lee (“Sense and Sensibility”), Jon Stewart (“Rosewater”), David Simon (“Treme”), JC Chandor (“Margin Call”), Ric Rubin (“Tougher than Leather”), Theodore Melfi (“St. Vincent”), Dee Rees (“Bessie”) and many others. She has been fortunate in that she is equally comfortable working on features, documentaries and on television series.
In 2016 Mary Ellen and her fellow sound crew members won the Golden Reel award for their sound work on Dee Reese’s film “Bessie” and in 2018 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.