Leslie Iwerks

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Leslie Iwerks
Leslie Iwerks BW.jpg
Born c.1970
Los Angeles, CA
Alma mater University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television
Occupation Producer, director, writer
Website
www.leslieiwerks.com

Leslie Iwerks (b. 1970) BA (/ˈwɜrks/; ) is an American director, producer, and writer. She is also daughter of Disney Legend Don Iwerks and granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, the animator and co-creator of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.[1]

Biography[edit]

Iwerks graduated with a BA from the University of Southern California.[2]

In 1999, Walt Disney Pictures released her first feature documentary, The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story, chronicling the life of her grandfather, Ub Iwerks.

In 2000, Iwerks began working on numerous ethnographic documentaries in Guatemala which culminated in the film Recycled Life (2006), which was nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Documentary category. The film documented the lives of Guatemalans who live and work in the landfill in Guatemala City, Guatemala.[3]

The Pixar Story (2007) was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Nonfiction Special category.[4]

Iwerks released Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (2010), which chronicles the developments of visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic. The documentary is narrated by Tom Cruise and features interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Robin Williams, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, Samuel L. Jackson, Seth Green, Jon Favreau, and various ILM visual effects supervisor.[5]

Iwerks' short environmental documentary Pipe Dreams (2011), about the controversy behind the Keystone XL pipeline, was narrated by Daryl Hannah and won the Ashland Independent Film Festival award for Best Documentary Short.

Iwerks' 2012 documentary, Citizen Hearst, premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film is narrated by William H. Macy, and features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Dan Rather, Mark Burnett, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Bob Iger, Leonard Maltin, Dr. Oz, Heidi Klum and various members of the Hearst family and company.

In 2013, Iwerks was honored by the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival with the festival's Spotlight Award. [6]

Current projects[edit]

Iwerks is currently producing and directing a feature length documentary on the history of Walt Disney Imagineering, the division responsible for designing Disney theme parks and other attractions. [7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited As Awards/Film Festivals
1999 The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story Producer, Director, Writer Official Selection Buffalo International Film Festival, Official Selection Philadelphia Film Festival, Official Selection Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Official Selection Hiroshima International Animation Festival
2004 The Ride Director, Co-Producer Best Picture X-Dance Film Festival, Official Selection Hawaii International Film Festival
2006 Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special Executive Producer, Director, Writer
Recycled Life Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematographer Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Short, Best Documentary Short Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short Newport Beach International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short San Luis Obispo International Film Festiva, Best Documentary Short Ojai International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short Mendocino International Film Festival,Official Selection SXSW Film Festival, Official Selection Calgary Underground Film Festival
2007 The Pixar Story Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special, Official Selection San Louis Obispo Film Festival, Official Selection Santa Barbara Film Festival, Official Selection Future Film Festival Bologna, Italy
2009 Downstream Director, Writer Official Selection Ojai International Film Festival, Official Selection Edmonton International Film Festival, Official Selection Calgary International Film Festival
Dirty Oil Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Official Selection Calgary International Film Festival, Official Selection Global Visions Film Festival, Official Selection Hamptons International Film Festival, Official Selection Tri Continental Film Festival, Official Selection Wakefield International Film Festival
2010 Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Official Selection Future Film Festival Bologna, Italy, Official Selection Annecy International Animation Festival, Official Selection FMFX Computer Animation Festival Stuttgart, Germany
2011 Pipe Dreams Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematographer Best Documentary Short Ashland Independent Film Festival, Official Selection Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Official Selection San Francisco Green Film Festival, Official Selection Omaha Film Festival, Official Selection Environmental Film Festival - Washington D.C.
2012 Citizen Hearst Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Official Selection Hamptons International Film Festival, Official Selection San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
2016 The Imagineering Story[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koehler, Robert (1999-10-07). "Variety". Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Internet Movie Data Base". Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Reuters". 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Instant Watcher". Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible". Starz Entertainment. 
  6. ^ "SLO film festival honoree tells stories behind stories". The Tribune. 
  7. ^ "Walt Disney Imagineers to get documentary". Variety. 
  8. ^ "D23 Expo Exclusive: Leslie Iwerks Creating Documentary About Walt Disney Imagineering". August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 

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