Trailers & Promos

Shirley Thompson Editorial creates on-air promos and trailers for film production companies, individual filmmakers and organizations with promotional needs. Whether its a sexy sizzle video, a tight two minute movie trailer, or a dramatic sample reel for a potential funder, Shirley is a thoughtful, creative collaborator with a high energy editing style.

Trailers & Promos

39 1/2 Trailer Trailer for 39 1/2, an indie feature romantic comedy. Kara is a single filmmaker pushing 40 and determined to have a child by virtually any means. Directed by Kara Herold, Film currently in post-production. 


Finding Kukan Trailer  Trailer for feature documentary. A sweeping history detective story that spans decades, filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the story of an unsung film heroine, Li Ling-Ai, who along with Rey Scott, made a documentary about World War 2 China in 1939 that won an Academy Award. But the film has been lost and no one has seen it for over 60 years…until Lung uncovers what may be the last remaining print. Why was the film lost? And why has no one ever heard the story of film pioneer Li Ling-Ai?



Ghost Town to Havana Trailer  Trailer for GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA documentary about boys growing up in a tough Oakland, CA neighborhood and also in poverty-stricken Havana, Cuba and the two inspiring little league baseball coaches who mentor them and bring them together for one incredible week.  Eugene Corr, Producer/Director. 

A Chance to Dress Trailer  Trailer for A CHANCE TO DRESS documentary about world renown geologist and MIT professor John Southard who talks about his life as a cross-dresser. Alice Bouvrie, Producer/Director

States of Grace Trailer Dr. Grace Dammann attempts to rebuild her body and her life after a devastating accident. Filmmakers raised over $60,000 on Kickstarter with this trailer. Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman, Producers/Directors

Pacific Heartbeat 2013 Promo For Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaii, showcasing the stories of Pacific Islanders, drawing viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture. 


PBS Showcase Sizzle Reel  Highlights the newest documentary films offered by the National Minority Consortium at the 2012 PBS Showcase. This reel, presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications, opened the conference in the first session of the first day, and opened for my favorite ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Play it loud! Graphics by Stanford Chang, Gravity, Soundmix by John Dennis, The Sound Spot.


Gretchen Stoeltje Website Film Trailer   Film trailer featuring 3 films by Gretchen Stoeltje, featured on the homepage of Curious, empathic, and wry, her films tell the story of being female, from West Texas rattlesnake queen to post-cold war, mail order bride to turn of the century Every Teen.


One Voice Film Trailer  For Pacific Islanders in Communication and filmmaker Lisette Marie Flanary, this trailer premiered at the ‘I Heart HIFF’ party in Honolulu, and screened in theaters in the US and Japan.  


Reel Injun Trailer  Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s fascinating and entertaining look at the history of the American Indian in cinema. This trailer screened at the Television Critics Association meeting in August 2010. Reel Injun aired as part of the 2010 — 2011 season of Independent Lens on PBS.


Independent Lens Series Promo  Editor, producer, writer for eight seasons of PBS’ Independent Lens series, (2003 – 2010). Here’s a trailer from the 2010 season screened at the PBS Showcase.


Gaining Ground Documentary Trailer  The innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston. In the midst of the economic meltdown, we watch a new generation of leaders working to prevent foreclosures and bring jobs and opportunities for young people to one of the city’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods.


Peace Pilot 2012 Sizzle Reel  A gorgeous, monumental video installation created by artist and filmmaker Trayc Claybrook, and collaged on the interior and exterior of the Interfaith Peace Chapel in Dallas Texas for International Peace Day, 9.21.12. I was one of the producers of the event, and am already at work with Trayc on Peace Pilot 2013.


Pacific Heartbeat 2012 Series Promo Co-presented by PBS Hawaii and Pacific Islanders in Communication. Featuring five films about the Pacific Islander music, culture and history, including Papa Mau: the Wayfinder, There Once Was an Island, Keola Beamer and Friends: Bridging Worlds Through Music, Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar, and Under a Jarvis Moon.


Samoan Films Trailer  Two and a half minutes of beautiful Samoa as seen through the eyes of documentary filmmakers, from the good folks at Pacific Islanders in Communications.


SpokesBUZZ Splash Video  A rauccous promotional trailer I edited for SpokesBUZZ, an organization promoting the music and culture of Fort Collins, Colorado.


Women & Girls 2015 Sizzle Reel for ITVS’ latest initiative. Global girl power!!! The goal is to pitch a multi-year global media initiative to promote women’s empowerment, surrounding the PBS premiere of the HALF THE SKY series, based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.



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