James Lester is a native New Yorker and an independent film director, editor, producer and writer. His feature documentary “Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story” had its 2017 world premiere in the Venice Days section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Its North American premiere was at DOC NYC. It will be released in 2018 by Gravitas Ventures. His short films have won awards at the New York Television Festival, the Jackson Hole Film Festival, and have been featured on IFC. As a producer and senior editor he helped lead the way on “Chicagoland,” the acclaimed CNN documentary series from executive producer Robert Redford and award-winning director Marc Levin. His editor resume includes programming for HBO, AMC, A&E, PBS, CBS, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, USA, and Sundance Channel. Before working in film and TV, Lester studied piano and composition. He performed and taught piano, guitar, music theory and jazz history in New York.