Inbal B. Lessner

Inbal B. Lessner is an Emmy nominated producer and an editor. Most recently, Inbal was an additional editor on Natalie Portman's Directorial Debut, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, an adaptation of Amos Oz's best-selling autobiographical novel, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. She has also edited four 1-hour episodes for CNN's docu-series "The Seventies," and "The Eighties," produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman ad Mark Herzog.

A 6-year project, Inbal produced and edited BRAVE MISS WORLD, an independent documentary about Linor Abargil, who was raped 6 weeks before she won the Miss World pageant, and her crusade to reach out to fellow survivors while trying to keep her own rapist behind bars. The film premiered at AFI Silverdocs, was screened to members of U.S. Congress, and launched as a Netflix Exclusive on May 29, 2014. It received an Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

In 2013-14, Inbal was an Additional Editor on Davis Guggenheim's TEACH, a 2-hour documentary special for CBS, and on Spent, his doc about the "unbanked" in America. In 2007, she edited and co-produced the internationally acclaimed I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU about Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, a Special Selection of the 2007 Berlinale, Vienalle, Jerusalem, and Tribeca Film Festivals. The documentary won several awards and is being distributed by the U.S. State Department in 12 languages.

Inbal began making films when she was in high school and later produced training films for the Israeli Defense Forces. At NYU, she was the recipient of the prestigious, merit-based, WTC Johnson Fellowship, a full tuition fellowship awarded to one undergraduate filmmaker a year. Since graduating with honors and moving to Los Angeles, Inbal has edited hundreds of hours of non-scripted network & cable television shows, ranging from Sundance Channel's award-winning docu-series "Transgeneration" and Showtime's "American Candidate" directed by R.J. Cutler, to ABC's reality hit show "The Bachelorette." She also directed NIGHT BITES, a docudrama for the Women’s Entertainment Network, was second-unit producer on the HBO/ARTE documentary WATERMARKS about the women swimmers of the pre-WWII Hakoach Vienna Jewish athletic club, and was an editing consultant on the PBS Emmy-winner BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY Other credits include editing A WHISPER TO A ROAR (feature doc about Democracy activists in 5 countries,) IF I DIE TONIGHT (feature doc about police brutality), SHOCK ACT, about a death row experiment (Best Narrative Short winner at Tribeca and Chicago film festivals), and the independent feature THE ELEPHANT KING starring Ellen Burstyn.

Inbal lives in Los Angeles with her husband, pianist and composer Daniel Lessner, their two daughters, and their elegant dog. (6/16)

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Brave Miss World

A film by Cecilia Peck, Produced by Cecilia Peck, Inbal B. Lessner & Motty Reif, 2013, 88 min., Color
In October 1998, eighteen-year-old Linor Abargil was stabbed and raped while working as a model in Milan. Weeks later she was crowned Israel’s first ...

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