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Kirsten Whatley

(she / her)
Editor, Filmmaker
Hana, HI US
Available for Freelance
Open To Mentoring
Open To Virtual Coffee
A Hawaii-based filmmaker and editor, specializing in documentary, nature, and dance films.

About

Kirsten Whatley is a Hawaii-based filmmaker and editor, specializing in documentary, nature, and dance films. A lifelong dancer herself, she brings a lyrical style to her film work, using light, texture, and sound to give viewers an immersive, sensory film experience. She most recently completed the writing and editing of a short documentary for Toronto director/photographer Ann Leese. HOW’S YOUR MOM chronicles one woman’s journey through Alzheimer’s and the changed relationship with her daughter that results—for the better. Kirsten’s own nature-based short films have screened at the Maui Film Festival (2021) and the Canada-based Social Distancing Festival (2020). She regularly edits dance performance films for Dancing Camera in New York. Before film, Kirsten worked as an award-winning nonfiction writer, book author, book editor, and photographer on primarily environmental and cultural subjects.