is a film editor. She was born in 1963 in San Francisco. Attracted by taoist philosophy and visual ideograms, she turned to studies of Chinese language and civilization, before enrolling in the cinema studies. In 1986, she started working with Chantal Akerman on Letters Home, which triggered a 30-year collaboration on Akerman’s fiction films, documentaries and installations.
Claire Atherton works as editor with a wide range of directors, young film makers and film students. She is often invited to share her experience with students, in cinema or art schools. Atherton’s work has been honoured with the Vision Award Ticinomoda during the 72nd Locarno Film Festival in August 2019.