“Eye-opening, meticulous, and haunting movie.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“The film begins to raise its subject back up to a towering state of wisdom and foresight.” – Hank Stuever, Washington Post
King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible, Dr. King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos.
Maya Mumma, ACE, was an editor on the Academy Award winning documentary O.J.: Made in America for which she was honored with the 2016 Best Editing award from the LA Film Critics Association, an ACE Eddie Award, and a Primetime Emmy.
Maya began her career in the edit room of the Academy Award nominated documentary Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. She has gone on to edit the Emmy nominated films Which Way Is the Front Line From Here: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (HBO) and Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (HBO), the Peabody Award winning Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (HBO), A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (TIFF 2015, PBS 2018), the Netflix original series Daughters of Destiny (Television Academy Honor), King in the Wilderness (HBO), which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and most recently John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (HBO).
Originally from Oklahoma, Maya has a BA in Social Anthropology from Boston University, an MA in Media Studies from the New School, and is a graduate of the New School’s intensive Documentary Media Studies program. In addition to editing, she has taught filmmaking to New York City public school students and teachers, and served as a mentor for the Firelight Media Documentary Lab and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.
Doc Talk recorded November 5th at The New School