SG̲aawaay K̲'uuna: Edge of The Knife

Feature Film
Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown
Production Company
Niijang Xyalaas/Kingulliit Productions / Isuma Distribution
Jonathan Frantz
Principal Cast
Official Selection
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2018, Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2018, ImagineNative Film Festival 2018


A tragic accident causes an anguished man to retreat deep into the forest where he is transformed into a "wild man."


WINNER - Best Editing in a Motion Picture Drama, Best Motion Picture, Leo Awards (2019)

                 (The film was nominated for 10 Leo Awards and won 6)

WINNER - BC Best, Best Canadian Film Vancouver Film Critics Circle (2019)

WINNER - Best BC, Best Canadian Film, Most Popular Canadian Film, Vancouver Int'l Film Fest (2018)

WINNER - Sun Jury Award, ImagineNative Film Fest (2018)

NOMINATED - Best Canadian Feature Film, Toronto Int'l Film Fest (2018)

Post Process

Director's Statement

SGaawaay  K’uuna (Edge of The Knife) is not only a multi-award winning feature film, it is the first feature film spoken in 3 dialects of the Haida language. I was brought on after the month-long shoot, and with the exception of a few weeks in Masset, Haida Gwaii, most of the edit took place in my living-room - alternating between long distance communication and in-house sessions with co-directors Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, and Producer/DP Jonathan Frantz.

The story presented creative challenges in how to visually portray the on-going transformation of the Wild Man and his heightened senses throughout the film without a lot of VFX. We also had practical language considerations and worked with language keepers to ensure we used the appropriate delivery and in the case where ADR may be needed, to try to make it as inconspicuous as possible. Edited on Avid Media Composer.

Official Poster for SG̲aaway K̲'uuna : Edge of The Knife
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