I’m a freelance film and television editor based in the Toronto area.
I consider Katharine to be an outstanding artist in her field…
Shelley Niro, director
I’ve worked largely in documentary, and have cut many award-winning films, including Jason O’Hara’s State of Exception (Social Justice Award at RIDM), Min Sook Lee’s El Contrato (nominated for Best Social / Political Gemini), Kevin McMahon’s Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii, (Gemini Award for Best History Doc), Laura Paglin’s Facing Forward (Crystal Heart Award), Sara Roque’s Six Feet Deep (Honourable Mention, DOXA), and many many other outstanding documentary films.
Katharine Asals is an editor who carries a deep understanding of the human story. She has an exquisite appreciation for the balance of voice, and is a passionate artist who works alongside you to discover the story and spirit of your film.
Min Sook Lee, director
Given my experience in documentary, I’ve also worked on many factual television series, and was lead editor on Food Network’s popular show The Opener, a complex verite-based doc series with a large shooting ratio –
The Opener…required an editor with great judgement, patience, experience, and…the ability to find story in disparate material. Katharine always rose to this challenge with grace.
Daniel Gelfant, producer
In recent years I’ve had the opportunity to do some teaching – I’ve conducted lecture and hands-on classes at both Humber and Sheridan College, and was twice invited to be an Editor-Mentor in the National Film Board’s Momentum Program. For several years I served as the Editor in Residence at the the Canadian Film Centre, and as a mentor in various other workshop situations –
I learned so much from working with Katharine that I invited her to be a guest lecturer in my editing workshop. My students really benefited from her sensitive and thoughtful critiques as well as her insights into the documentary editing process. I would love to work with her again!
Laura Paglin, director
Please be in touch if you’d like to see samples of my work.