is an award-winning filmmaker and editor based in Brooklyn, NY that specializes in story editing. She brings a filmmaker’s eye to everything she edits and has the unique ability to bring a director’s vision to life in a wide variety of styles.
Ali started off directing music videos in Portland, OR, three of which hit The Click List Top Ten Music Videos on Logo TV in 2008-09. At the same time, she worked as the post-production coordinator on the documentary film Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival, a jack-of-all-trades position that involved logging footage, editing fundraising trailers and story editing.
Then she moved to Brooklyn and worked her way to editing larger projects, notably the documentary feature United in Anger: A History of ACT UP which premiered at MOMA’s Documentary Fortnight (U.S). and Hot Docs (Canada). The film won Best Documentary, Grand Jury Prize at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival.
From 2012-2018, she directed, shot and edited her documentary feature debut North Pole, NY, which premiered at IFF Boston (2018), won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Indie Street Film Festival, and which she successfully self-released day-and-date to VOD and theaters in November 2018.
Since 2008, she has edited 250+ shorts for a wide variety of brands and non-profits (see “Web Content” section), mastering the short doc form. She is a proud member of Film Fatales and the Brooklyn Documentary Club. Ali was recently featured on the Picture Lock podcast talking about all things filmmaking. You can listen to that here: PT 1 and here: PT 2
IMDB/credits here. Full resume here.