Chris Lebenzon, ACE, the editor behind films including Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Beverly Hills Cop II, Crimson Tide, Armageddon and Tim Burton’s upcoming  film Dumbo, has been lined up for a one-on-one conversation at American Cinema Editors’ EditFest London on 30 June. 

The conversation, moderated by journalist Carolyn Giardina, will focus on his work over the course of a 40-year career. 

Lebenzon has worked with a wide variety of filmmakers and has had long-lasting collaborations with directors including Tim Burton, for whom he edited Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Frankenweenie, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Ed Wood, Corpse Bride and Planet of the Apes, among others. Lebenzon also worked closely with the late Tony Scott, editing Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, and others. He has a long association with Jerry Bruckheimer which led to his collaboration with Michael Bay, for whom he edited Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. Lebenzon has guided a number of other films including Maleficent, Weird Science and Con Air. He is currently working in London, with Tim Burton once again, on Dumbo.

“Part of the joy of editing is the deeply engaging, and in my case long-lasting, collaborations with talented directors,” said Lebenzon. “I have been able to share the creative experience with people I consider incredibly gifted. Working with creative geniuses as diverse as Tony, Tim and Michael has kept me on my game and kept the fire under me to be working with this calibre of people. I look forward to spending time with you at EditFest. It’s a great way to meet aspiring and working editors and share time with them.”

EditFest will feature panels comprised of the industry’s top editors across feature films, documentaries, and broadcast and streaming content.

EditFest London is set for BFI Southbank on 30 June. Check here for tickets.

Jon Creamer

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