Episode 081 - Joy Ride with Nena Erb, ACE

In today’s episode Nena Erb, ACE joins Sarah Taylor to chat about her editing work on the hilarious film JOY RIDE.

From first-time director Adele Lim (screenwriter of Raya and the Last Dragon, Crazy Rich Asians), JOY RIDE follows four Asian-American friends on a trip across Asia in search of one of their birth mothers, who end up on the journey of a lifetime.

You can check out the trailer here.

The film stars Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu, Critics Choice Award nominee Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, and Sabrina Wu. The film premiered at SXSW in 2023 to critical acclaim, now boasting a perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Nena Erb, ACE, is a picture editor based in Los Angeles. Raised in an Asian immigrant family, Nena’s father wanted her to be a doctor and her mother wanted her to be a pianist with the LA Philharmonic. Nena wanted to be Andy Warhol.

Armed with an art degree, a friend brought her into the industry and she started working in various capacities in production. It was her stint as an associate producer that opened her eyes to the impact of editing. It combined her love of photography and storytelling into one and she was hooked. Since then, Nena has edited projects for Warner Brothers, Apple, HBO, and others.

In 2016, she received an Emmy award on HBO’s documentary series PROJECT GREENLIGHT. In addition, she has received three ACE Eddie nominations; two for her work on HBO’s comedy-drama series INSECURE and the third for CW’s acclaimed series CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Nena received her second Emmy award in 2020 for her work on season 4 of INSECURE and a third Emmy nomination in 2022 for the final season. She recently finished JOY RIDE directed by Adele Lim for Lionsgate. Her parents no longer ask if she’d reconsider medical school.

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A special thanks goes to

Jane MacRae

Cathy Gulkin

Hosted and Produced by

Sarah Taylor

Main Title Sound Design by

Jane Tattersall

ADR Recording by

Andrea Rusch

Mixed and Mastered by

Tony Bao

Original Music by

Chad Blain

Sponsor Narration by

Paul Winestock


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