Elisa was born in Milan, Italy and graduated in Film Editing after winning a scholarship at Albedo Cinematografica.  She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her editing career and began working in advertising at Red Car with editor/director Larry Bridges.  Shortly after, she started working exclusively for DGA winning commercial director, Joe Pytka and edited campaigns for Pepsi, Lee Jeans, Nike, Gap, Sony, Levis and others.  She later opened her Venice, California editing company, Us2 Editorial and collaborated with a wide range of directors, including Tony Kaye, Marcus Nispel, David Cornell and Anthony Hoffman.

Elisa’s first breakthrough in long format editing occurred when Oliver Stone asked her to edit Comandante, a feature length documentary about Fidel Castro.  Following the success of Comandante, she collaborated with Oscar winner Pietro Scalia to edit the film “Ashes and Snow”, directed by Canadian artist Gregory Colbert.

In 2008, Elisa opened a new company, Airstream Films, editing and producing from her restored 1968 Airstream trailer, which is parked in her backyard at the edge of Topanga National Park.  Here Elisa edited and co-produced the feature length documentary No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos, directed by James Chressanthis, which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy Award.  In 2011, she edited the feature length documentary, This Space Available, directed by Gwenaëlle Gobé.  She edited a second Oliver Stone documentary, South of the Border, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.  In 2012, she was the Additional Editor on Gabriela Cowperthwite’s documentary Blackfish, which was shortlisted for the Oscars and received an ACE Eddie nomination.

Elisa co-produced and partially edited Cecilia Peck’s “Brave Miss World”, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2014.  She cut “Rising From Ashes”, directed by TC Johnstone and executive produced by Forest Whitaker.  Following these projects, she supervised the editing of Malachi Leopold’s Alex & Ali, winner of the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Recently, Elisa worked on James Keach’s “ Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which opened at the Nashville Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize.  The film has been met with critical acclaim and audience recognition, receiving nominations for an ACE Eddie Award, 2 Grammy Awards, a Satellite Award and a Critics Choice Award in 2015.

After her collaboration on the Oscar’s short listed documentaries The Ivory Game, directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, and Bending The Arc by Perdo Kos and Kief Davidson, and Franca, Chaos and Creation by Francesco Carrozzini, in 2016 Elisa edited Augie and The Turning Point by James Keach and In 2018 Elisa edited the Ghost Fleet By Shannon Service and Jeff Waldron that premiered in Telluride and screened at TIFF and Berlin Film festival, and David Crosby:Remeber My Name by AJ Eaton, produced by Cameron Crowe, premiering in Sundance 2019 and at SXWS. In 2019 Elisa is editing Quiet Explosions by Jerry Sher and Rita Moreno by Mariem Perez.

Although Elisa’s Airstream editing room is still very much her home office, she edits most of her work at PCH Film in Culver City.

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