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 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 in 2016. In 2014, she edited the documentary-musical My Prairie Home, featuring singer-songwriter Rae Spoon, which was part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance. In 2011, Avrïl received the 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. In 2009, she was invited to participate in the Talent Lab at the Berlinale. In 2008, she edited Spring Hurlbut’s Airborne, which was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada. Other editing credits include Jennifer Baichwal’s Payback (Sundance ’12), Ghost Noise (IDFA ’10), Deadman (TIFF ’09) and the dramatic short Four Walls (TIFF ’07).
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