Lesli Klainberg

Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2015 Sección de Documental Mexicano Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Lesli Klainberg is the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Prior to her current role, Lesli was the producer of the New York Film Festival and Executive Director of the NYC LGBT Film Festival. Lesli is also an award-winning producer and director whose documentaries have screened at film festivals such as Berlin, Sundance, Outfest and Frameline. In 2012, Lesli served as line producer on the Participant Media feature documentary, Finding North (A Place at The Table), which made its debut at Sundance. Lesli also line produced Beware of Mr. Baker, which won the Audience Award for documentary at the SXSW Film Festival. From 2009 through 2011, Lesli was one of two Lab Leaders of the prestigious IFP Documentary Film Lab held in NYC. In 2009, she served as a Consulting Producer for the Sundance Documentary Film Program and produced the IFP Filmmaker Forum during Independent Film Week. Lesli also produced the acclaimed independent film, Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End, which won the audience awards for documentary at Sundance, Frameline, and Outfest. Monette was also on the “short list” for the Academy Award in 1997 and was nominated for the IDA Award for Best Documentary. Other productions include the documentary mini-series, Indie Sex (2001 and 2007); Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006); In The Company of Women (2004); Beauty in a Jar (2003); Directed by Alan Smithee (2002); and Miss America (2001). Lesli is a past Board member of GLAAD, Outfest and NewFest and has appeared on many juries and panels at film festivals around the country.