Avrïl Jacobson is a Toronto-based editor specializing in cinematic documentary and art films. She works closely with directors to craft a strong narrative spine through a paper edit, while leaving space for moments of reflection and stillness in fine cutting.
In 2016 Avrïl edited the one-hour documentary The Skin We're In for CBC's Firsthand, which follows journalist Desmond Cole as he illustrates the connection between the history of anti-black racism in Canada and present-day power structures. In 2015, Avrïl edited the feature documentaries The Prison in Twelve Landscapes and Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John, both of which were selected for True/False and Hot Docs. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes won Hot Docs' Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Length Documentary and featured as a New York Times Critics' Pick upon its American theatrical release. In 2014, Avrïl edited the documentary-musical My Prairie Home, starring singer-songwriter Rae Spoon, which was part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance. In 2011, she received a Gemini Award for Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series for Peep Culture, a one-hour documentary about our changing relationship to privacy and new media. Other editing credits include Jennifer Baichwal’s Payback (Sundance ’12), Ghost Noise (IDFA ’10), Deadman (TIFF ’09), Four Walls (TIFF ’07), and Spring Hurlbut’s Airborne ('08), which was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada.
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