Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lara Mazur has worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years, editing over a hundred drama and documentary projects that have won numerous awards throughout the world. Her experience extends to script supervision, sound and music editing, and post-production supervision. She has had the opportunity to work and collaborate with dozens of talented Canadian directors and craftspeople across Canada.
Lara studied art and English at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a BFA and a secondary certification in Education. Lara's passion for film evolved through experimentation at the Winnipeg Film Group, in particular in the process of editing. A small group of Winnipeg filmmakers met every Saturday to screen and discuss films, sometimes inviting visiting directors to talk about their films. Lara was able to persuade editors Jane Thompson and Bob Lower to take her on as an apprentice in both sound and picture editing, leaving art teaching behind. At that time, editing was a labor-intensive process conducted on moviolas and Steenbecks, starting with an elaborate cataloguing and filing system. There was always plenty of work for an apprentice, finding and filing trims.
National Film Board (NFB) producer, Michael Scott, then gave Lara an opportunity to edit her first drama, directed by Allan Kroeker. This began a collaboration with Kroeker over numerous projects, including In the Fall
, winner of a Rocky at the Banff World Television Festival, Tramp at the Door
, nominated for a Gemini for best editing, and Heaven on Earth
, written by Margaret Atwood, an early British co-production and winner at Banff. In Winnipeg, Lara had the opportunity to develop her craft editing documentary and dramatic films with the NFB, CBC, Can-West Global, Credo Entertainment, and Atlantis. Her credits include the award-winning mini-series, Daughters of the Country
, a dramatized history of the Métis, directed and produced by friend and colleague, Norma Bailey; Curse of the Viking Grave
, directed by Michael Scott, received a daytime Emmy nomination; and feature film, The Last Winter
, directed by Kim Johnston. Other collaborations with Norma Bailey include the feature film, Bordertown Cafe
, nominated for a Genie Award for best editing; Women in the Shadows
, awarded best documentary at the Vancouver Film Festival; and adaptations by David Adams Richards: For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down
and Nights Below Station Street
, which was nominated for a Gemini for best editing.
Moving to Vancouver, Lara continued to work with writer/directors Sandy Wilson, Patricia Gruben, and Anne Wheeler with whom she has edited several projects, including Suddenly Naked
, a feature film for which she received a Genie for Best Editing. Lara's editing has taken her across the country, working both on Canadian independent features, such as Extraordinary Visito
r directed by Newfoundlander John Doyle, and Expecting
, an improvisational comedy directed by Toronto's Deborah Day, and Canadian and American television movies and series including Highlander, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, Mysterious Ways
, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Dead Like Me
, and more recently, Da Vinci's Inquest