Deborah Barkow began her career as a painter with a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and then instinctively moved toward film editing, which allowed her to combine a strong visual sensibility with her passion for telling stories. Her early career is marked by creative and lively work, including projects for David Byrne's Luaka Bop Label. The first feature she edited, "World Without End," screened at IDFA in 1999, and numerous projects with New York Times Television soon followed. The short documentary she edited, "Branson: Musicland, U.S.A.", screened at Sundance in 2000, and "Alice's House" at The Black Maria, 2002. She also edited the feature-length documentary, "A Lawyer Walked into a Bar," which premiered at South by Southwest in 2007.