The Filmmakers

Laura Paglin - Creative FilmmakersLaura Paglin – Producer/Director/Camera

Laura Paglin has been producing and directing films since she was a teenager. Her nostalgic comedy/drama feature, NightOwls of Coventry, tells the tale of cultural turf warfare in the 1970′s, where a seedy all-night deli is the “theatre of battle.” NightOwls was shown theatrically in several US cities as well as Toronto and is distributed my Cinema Epoch/Koch Lorber Video. Paglin has also made several short documentaries, including No Umbrella: Election Day in the City, a street level view of the 2004 election day failures. No Umbrella premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won many awards including the Jury Award for Best Short at the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, N. Carolina and an Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival.  It was acquired by HBO documentary films and aired on Cinemax. In 2009, she was awarded a $20,000 Artist Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. FACING FORWARD is her first feature documentary.

Katharine Asals, Editor
Over the past two decades, Katharine Asals’ editorial work has been on display in award-winning films both on the air and at numerous festivals in North America and Europe including the Sundance, Toronto International and Hot Docs festivals. Widely experienced with both feature-length and short films, Ms. Asals’ creative and technical range spans documentary and dramatic formats, music and performance videos and experimental works. Her editing credits include Deep Inside Clint Star which screened at Sundance and won a Gemini Award, The Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii, which aired on The History Channel, El Contrato which received a Gemini Award Nomination and Tierra Madra which won a Medianet Award at the Munich Film Festival.

Paul Docherty,  Editor
Paul Docherty’s professional accomplishments as a film editor and motion graphics animator over the last six years have established him as an outstanding documentary post-production professional. He recently provided assistant editorial support and extensive animations for the acclaimed PBS/American Masters documentary, “LENNONYC,” and has many other prestigious PBS titles to his credit, including “American Masters: Good ‘Ol Charles Schulz,” “African American Lives 2,” and  “American Experience: A Class Apart,” on which he was associate editor. As an editor Paul was responsible for the first United States Marine Corps training video that specifically addresses in-the-field diagnosis and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. He has provided post production services for shows that have aired on A&E, TruTV and The Discovery Channel. His professional background in digital animation has enabled him to provide motion graphics support for Marco Williams (Two Tone Productions), David Van Taylor (Lumiere Productions), Steven Ives (Insignia Films), and Ric Burns (Steeplechase Films). For Ken Burns’ production company, Florentine Films, Paul was the lead digital animator who innovated the development of the motion graphic maps seen in the American Experience series “The War.”

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