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, stillness and surprises in fine cutting.
Recent long-form work includes Jaddoland, an intimate feature documentary about diasporic longing and The Skin We're In, which follows journalist Desmond Cole as he illustrates the connection between a history of anti-black racism and present-day Canadian power structures. The Skin We’re In was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (Best Social/Political Documentary Program). Recent television work includes In the Making, a series that delves into the creative processes of some of Canada’s leading artists. In 2015, Avrïl edited the features 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 (Canadian Feature Documentary), was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (Best Feature Length Documentary) and was 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 in competition at Sundance (World Cinema Documentary). In 2011, she received a Gemini Award (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. Currently, Avrïl is in the suite with THROAT, a feature-length documentary on acclaimed musician Tanya Tagaq, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
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