Leslie Iwerks

Leslie Iwerks
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Leslie Iwerks is an Academy Award® and Emmy®-nominated director and producer.

She has been a leader in creating award-winning films that celebrate the genius, risks, and rewards of creative visionaries. Her political, environmental, and social issue driven films have garnered critical acclaim while generating meaningful philanthropic change. She is an environmentalist and human rights advocate who has raised millions of dollars through the screening of her projects. Leslie has traveled to all seven continents documenting untold stories - from the depths of the Guatemala City garbage dumps to the toxic tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to the outer reaches of Antarctica.

For two decades, Leslie has produced, directed, and edited award-winning feature and short documentaries, television specials, and digital content. Her body of work encompasses enterprise documentary films and series (Superpowered: The DC Story, The Imagineering Story, Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table, The Pixar Story, Citizen Hearst, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible, The Hand Behind the Mouse-The Ub Iwerks Story) as well as acclaimed environmental and social issue short documentaries (Selling Lies, Recycled Life, Pipe Dreams, Downstream). Leslie’s work can be seen on Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, HBO Max, and National Geographic, among others.

Leslie is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Documentary Branch, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Television Academy, the International Documentary Association, and serves on the board of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Scientific and Technical Committee as well as the USC School of Cinema-Television Alumni Council. Leslie currently serves as the CEO & Creative Director for Iwerks & Co., a film production company with offices in Santa Monica and New Orleans.