Longtime DCS member and veteran negative cutter Maureen “Mo” Henry passed away on January 14th at the age of 67 due to complications of liver disease. During her long and legendary career, she cut the negative for hundreds of films including The Big Lebowski, Licorice Pizza, Jaws, Million Dollar Baby, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and several features in The Matrix, Dark Knight, Shrek and Spider-Man franchises among many more. 13 of the films for which she cut negative were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture.
Cutting Negative was a family business for Mo, growing up in Hollywood with her parents, uncles, and cousins all working as negative cutters. She cut her teeth splicing together the negative on Jaws. Her expertise and vast experience later came to bear on the re-cut and expansion of Apocalypse Now, to create Apocalypse Now: Redux. An even more challenging piece was gathering all the fragmented pieces together to finally assemble Orson Welles’ long-lost The Other Side of the Wind for release in 2018. A behind the scenes documentary on the project, A Final Cut for Orson: 40 Years in the Making features an interview with Mo. It can be seen at about nine minutes into the program which is accessible via the Netflix webpage: https://www.netflix.com/title/80085566