Together with her colleagues at the Criterion Collection, Kim Hendrickson focuses on the development of digital media as a means for the preservation and documentation of film art. Credited with creating the first “special editions” of films as early as 1984, the company has seen its innovations--real-time audio commentaries, the inclusion of alternate versions, storyboards, deleted scenes, script variations and presenting films in their original aspect ratios--become standards of the now-mainstream DVD marketplace.
Hendrickson’s background in documentary filmmaking has led her to create definitive archival editions of works by D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Don’t Look Back) and the Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Salesman). She has also been primarily responsible for curating the works of Akira Kurosawa and Luis Buñel for Criterion. Her most recent work includes editions of Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt--for which she uncovered, among other long-lost treasures, an hour-long conversation between Godard and Fritz Lang--and Sam Packinpah’s Straw Dogs. She lives in New York City.