Tarek Karkoutly

Tarek Karkoutly

Assistant Editor and Editor

Los Angeles, California

Member Since:
February 2018
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About Tarek

I am a film and television editor and union assistant editor based in Los Angeles, California, with experience working in post-production for over nine years.


Additionally I am a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory, where I acquired an education emphasizing the technical, aesthetic, and collaborative aspects of post-production, and received a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Editing.

Outside of the office, I enjoy playing bass, composing and recording music, and playing local dive gigs in the LA music scene.

Unique traits: IATSE Local 700 Assistant Editor


  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting (2018)
    Film (Comedy) Editorial department A buddy comedy in a world that won't let it be one.

  • Spivak

    Spivak (2018)
    Film (Comedy) Editorial department A self-loathing, failed Eastside novelist living in the 'hipster' neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles is shocked to find himself falling in love with everything he hates, including a simple All-American blonde girl from the Westside.

  • Same Time Next Week

    Same Time Next Week (2017)
    Film Editorial department Sara (Jewel Staite) deals with her grief by trying to complete her late husband's bucket list. Injuring herself on one of the tasks leads her to meet Dr. Ryan (Travis Milne). A widower himself, Ryan begins to help Sara complete the bucket list. The two get close and Sara doesn't want to betray her husband's memory, so she stops seeing Ryan. However, Ryan doesn't give up and helps Sara realize that everyone deserves a second chance at love. Written by PIXL

  • High Low Forty

    High Low Forty (2017)
    Film (Drama) Editorial department Long estranged brothers reconnect along a road-trip home to say goodbye to their hardened father on his deathbed.

  • The Joneses Unplugged

    The Joneses Unplugged (2017)
    Film (Family) Editorial department Newlyweds Matthew and Rebecca realize their relationship is in trouble when their obsession with technology and social media causes them to lose out on their dream home. After a blackout in the city forces the couple to go without their electronic devices, they have the best night they've had together in a while. Determined to get their marriage back on track and bring back the romance, the Joneses decide to go unplugged.

  • The Mechanics of Love

    The Mechanics of Love (2017)
    Film (Drama) Editorial department In town for a wedding, Mattilynn runs into an old flame at her father's mechanic shop and is torn between staying and returning to the big city.

  • Can't Buy My Love

    Can't Buy My Love (2017)
    Film (Family) Editorial department Lilly, a hard working EMT, is only focused on her job and getting into medical school. So when wealthy slacker Jeff enters her life it throws her off course. At first, Lilly wants nothing to do with Jeff or his sense of entitlement and lack of direction. As she spends more time with him, she starts to realize that you can't always judge a book by its cover. Written by D.P.

  • Chronique des rendez-vous désastreux

    Chronique des rendez-vous désastreux (2017)
    Film (Comedy and Romance) Editorial department Leigh runs the website "Bad Date Chronicles," which allows people to anonymously post horrible date experiences. When rival blogger Conner becomes the subject of one of her posts, they agree to date each other to see which one is the "bad dater."

  • A Man for Every Month

    A Man for Every Month (2017)
    Film (Family) Editor Add a Plot »

  • A Moving Romance

    A Moving Romance (2017)
    Film (Family) Editor After inheriting her family's moving company, a young woman (Ambyr Childers) starts to clash with the manager (Keegan Allen) who thought he was going to take over.

  • Groomzilla

    Groomzilla (2017)
    Film (Comedy) Editor After four years of courting, Alyssa and Tucker are about to tie the knot. However, suddenly the usually easy going Tucker becomes obsessed with every minute detail of the wedding planning, confusing his friends and family with his high strung antics. Unbeknownst to Tucker, he has come down under the spell of his grandmother's very unique engagement ring

  • Diagnosis Delicious

    Diagnosis Delicious (2016)
    Film (Family) Editorial department Chef Dave Oberlin's (Ryan Rottman) career is in shambles when his altercation with a famous food critic goes viral. After being blacklisted by the elite restaurants, Dave is forced to take a teaching position at his friend's culinary arts school. When cardiologist, Dr. Nina Kirby (Maya Stojan), is up for a promotion at the local hospital the Head of Cardiology informs her if she gets Dave on board to teach the Healthy Living seminars she would be a shoo-in for the position. The only problem is Nina can't cook and she doesn't want to learn. With a little coaxing from her best friend and coworker, Olivia (Tanya Chisholm), Nina agrees to take Dave's class. When Nina presents Dave with the Healthy Living seminars he's disinterested in working with her due to her lack of class participation. In her effort to persuade him to get on board, Nina and Dave come across some unexpected common ground.

  • Late Bloomer

    Late Bloomer (2016)
    Film (Family and Romance) Editorial department Botanist, Jenny Taft, has traveled all over the world with her boyfriend, Owen, in search of the rare heart orchid. There's a myth that states that the rare flower will only bloom when a couple finds true love, but Jenny doesn't buy into it. When Jenny heads out to California to assist her mother Eileen with the sale of her childhood home, Jenny is flooded with memories of the cruel treatment she received as a teenager. As luck would have it, Jenny bumps into her high-school crush Shane, now a teacher at their alma mater. In hopes of making amends for the mean prom night prank he played on her so many years ago, he now asks Jenny to accompany him to the prom he's chaperoning. Jenny finds herself torn between her relationship with Owen and re-kindled feelings for Shane. Will a kiss from one or the other get the heart orchid to finally bloom?

  • Twist of Fate

    Twist of Fate (2016)
    Film (Romance) Editorial department When a temporary auto call worker rescues an interior designer by talking with her to calm her down the two believe that they should explore the spark they felt during the call, however due to a series of serendipitous moments they both somehow manage to miss each other! The question is... Will fate finally bring them together or will destiny continue pulling them apart?

  • Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

    Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer? (2016)
    Film (Documentary) Editorial department The story of Dr. William Hurwitz -- a preeminent pain specialist sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking -- provides a window into the ethical complexities of prescription painkillers.

  • Hopeless, Romantic

    Hopeless, Romantic (2016)
    Film (Comedy and Romance) Editorial department A man uses methods from romantic comedy movies to try and win back his ex-girlfriend.

  • Change of Heart

    Change of Heart (2016)
    Film (Romance) Editorial department Driving to a new place for the TV show she produces, Diane McCarthy found by accident a charming bed and breakfast run by Helen. Every client is treated like family and she decided to focus her next show here, without revealing her true identity. Written by isajademarilyn

  • Casa Vita

    Casa Vita (2016)
    Film (Family) Editorial department A baseball player finds unexpected happiness with a woman who works in his favorite restaurant.

  • Hometown Hero

    Hometown Hero (2016)
    Film (Romance) Editorial department A cynical divorce mediator (Brooke Nevin) is forced to care for a client's dog. The mischievous hound warms her heart, and after spending time with the local vet (Jake Sandvig), she begins to find that maybe the true love she dared not believe in is actually closer than she thinks.

  • Advance & Retreat

    Advance & Retreat (2016)
    Film (Family) Editor After she reconnects with an old flame at a corporate retreat, an ambitious executive realizes that taking a step back may help her make a leap forward.

  • Secret Summer

    Secret Summer (2016)
    Film (Family) Editor Appraiser Rachel (Lindsey Shaw) receives the news that her top-notch client wants to buy out a small town's beloved library to build a resort and spa on the land. Rachel is completely against the idea of leaving NYC but loses the argument to her boss, so Rachel packs her bags and flies out to California. During her first visit to the library she runs into writer, Jake (Derek Theler), who is researching the tale of Captain Black Bart's hidden treasures for his next novel. With hopes of saving the library, Mrs. Archer (Rachel Ticotin), the librarian, pushes Jake to show Rachel what the library means to the town. Jake's already got a lot on his plate with his research and taking care of his niece, Hailey (Chiara Aurelia), and nephew, Noah (Max Page), for the summer but he agrees to help out. As Rachel learns what the library means to the community she must find a way to save it before it's too late.

  • Sisters of the Groom

    Sisters of the Groom (2016)
    Film (Family) Editor movie starts out with a house sitter Sarah, getting a noise complaint from the downstairs neighbor. She is a culinary cultural list doing a thesis on the culture of food. While she's in town she's helping out her sister's catering business with a proposal to a prospective client. Sister gets delayed by vehicle trouble and she has to do the interview herself and lo and behold the noise complainer is the one performing the interview. Trying to save the opportunity she makes a deal with Jason, who needs to spike The Guns of his matchmaking sisters, by agreeing to be his date to his brother's wedding. This will give her the opportunity to pitch her food to his father who owns a line of spas and resorts that would provide good catering contracts. She doesn't count on how much she totally falls in love with his family. Also Jason is dealing with the fact that he doesn't want to be in the family business, because his passion is gardening and Landscaping and designing Gardens. At the same ...

  • The Right Girl

    The Right Girl (2015)
    Film (Romance) Editorial department A young woman learns valuable lessons while developing a relationship with her new boss and his young son.

  • It Had to Be You

    It Had to Be You (2015)
    Film (Family) Editorial department When her ad agency is absorbed by a much larger, more powerful firm, Darby's rivalry with new partner Derrick could blossom into something else.

  • Letter Never Sent

    Letter Never Sent (2015)
    Film (Family) Editorial department Emboldened by the last remaining days of high school, senior Henry Samson writes a love letter to his neighbor, Claire. But, when he runs into her at school joking and laughing with her then boyfriend, he chickens out and never tells her how he feels. Fast forward ten years, Henry returns home to celebrate his mom's fiftieth birthday. When Claire volunteers to help Henry plan his mother's party, all his old feelings resurface. Will Henry find the courage to tell Claire how he feels? Will he finally give her the letter he wrote all those years ago? Or, will he chicken out again? Written by cstangelo

  • Project Mc²

    Project Mc² (2015)
    Television (Family) Editorial department McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden, and Camryn are four super smart and science-skilled girls recruited to join the spy organization, NOV8.

  • How Not to Propose

    How Not to Propose (2015)
    Film (Family) Editorial department A guy trying to propose marriage to his girlfriend, but everything goes wrong when an old friend comes along...

  • When Duty Calls

    When Duty Calls (2015)
    Film (Family) Editorial department When newlyweds, Ellie and Martin, both volunteer at their local police department they find themselves tangled in a criminal case.

  • A Tree Without Roots

    A Tree Without Roots (2015)
    Film (Adventure and Drama) Editor Conceived in an ashram, a young writer's transformational journey through India as he searches for his dying father who he has never met.

  • Father

    Father (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Fantasy) Editor Kara is an idealistic young girl with a vivid imagination. She tries to grasp the concept of heaven and hell on the day of her grandfather's funeral. Kara's father struggles with bitter memories while Kara struggles to come to terms with father's lack of faith in happy endings. Both of them must find a way to say goodbye to grandfather in their own terms and connect with each other.

  • The Warren

    The Warren (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama, Thriller and War) Editorial department THE WARREN is a dramatization of raid to capture a suspected militant into the sprawling maze of the Balata Refugee Camp by the Israeli Defense Forces during the Second Intifada in Palestine. The story told in THE WARREN is meant to question the ways Israelis and Palestinians see each other as a result of their long-running conflict. Written by Anonymous

  • Persuasion

    Persuasion (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Thriller) Editorial department When his adopted son displays a mysterious ability, Mark Seever begins a secret investigation to uncover the truth of his son's past.

  • Rise

    Rise (2014)
    Film (Short, Crime, Drama and History) Editor A man sacrifices himself for a woman wrongly tried of murder in Revolutionary Russia.

  • Terp'

    Terp' (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Inspired by a true story, 'Terp tells the story of an Afghan American interpreter working in the US military. As she quickly discovers her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance.

  • Textbook Defintion

    Textbook Defintion (2011)
    Film (Short and Drama) Editor When Kevin meets Tina, an associate at his firm, the two begin to hit it off as they discover they have more in common with each passing minute as the two appear to be a perfect match, or are they?

  • Halfway Where?

    Halfway Where? (2010)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Editor A down-on-her luck former newscaster-turned actress disconnects from reality when she checks in as the only sober, pay by the week tenant at a rowdy halfway house for women.

  • Saving Rent

    Saving Rent (2009)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Editor Six roommates finding their way during this recession - told in a nostalgic 80s sitcom style.

  • Split

    Split (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew A track running couple try to keep equal footing on their withering relationship.

  • Catatonic!

    Catatonic! (2005)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Editor A young man recalls the last crucial moments of his life, after living years without anyone acknowledging the fact that he's completely Catatonic.

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