Tony Hale is a documentary editor and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY.

As a kid, Tony discovered a joy for editing while making music by recording percussion and mixing it with found sounds. Years later, while pursuing a Mathematics degree at Boston College and working at a media lab at Harvard University, he rediscovered that passion in film editing. Now, having worked as a documentary film editor since 2005, he continues to enjoy exploring the transformative process of editing as a way to bring the power of non-fiction stories to life.

Tony’s feature-length editing work includes award-winning documentaries A Will for the Woods (2014, co-editor/co-director), Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017), and Afghan Cycles (2018). In addition to winning awards at festivals such as Full Frame and Seattle International, his films have screened at Hot Docs, AFI DOCS, Mountainfilm, Camden, and many more; played nationally on PBS and Al Jazeera America; and been centered in educational and grassroots screening campaigns. Most recently, he has been thrilled to be co-editing the upcoming feature documentary The Story of Plastic.

His short film work includes several environmental justice and conservation documentaries, an Emmy-winning TV special, and films published by The New York Times and The New Yorker. Additionally, he has enjoyed editing, directing, and producing video campaigns for dozens of non-profit organizations. He has also cut a handful of scripted, narrative shorts for directors such as Lucy Liu and Lulu Wang.

Outside of the editing room, he has worked on educational and outreach materials for his films, served as a consulting editor on a number of documentaries, mentored young filmmakers, and participated in festival panels at DOC NYC and Santa Barbara International.

Tony is passionate about how the power of cinema can be used to shed light on critical issues and to champion untold and under-told stories. For him, editing is almost always an exercise in deep listening and context building, and he is motivated as much by a love for the craft of editing as he is by the themes, stories, and missions represented in the work.

For more info about Tony’s work and some of his writing on editing, see

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