Behind The Imagineering Story with Director Leslie Iwerks

Sat, Jun 13 | 2pm
$30 members | $25 student and youth members
$40 non-members | $35 student and youth non-members

When The Imagineering Story premiered on Disney+ in 2019, it introduced the world to the fascinating stories, people, and technologies behind the 12 Disney Parks currently operating across three continents. Join Director and Producer Leslie Iwerks, granddaughter of Ub Iwerks and daughter of Don Iwerks, both Disney Legends, for a very special presentation on the making of this highly-acclaimed documentary series, along with a screening of one of her favorite episodes.

About the Speaker

Leslie Iwerks is an Academy Award®- and Emmy®-nominated director and producer. She is a leader in making films that celebrate the genius, risks, and rewards of renowned visionaries. Her extensive body of work has garnered critical acclaim while generating meaningful philanthropic change. Leslie made her directorial debut with the theatrical documentary, The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999), for Walt Disney Pictures. It chronicles the life of her grandfather, Ub Iwerks, who was Walt Disney’s first business partner. She has been a juror, panelist, and guest speaker at film festivals around the world, and a VIP guest lecturer on Princess and Disney Cruise Line ships.

Iwerks currently serves as the CEO and Creative Director for Iwerks & Co., a multimedia production company based in Santa Monica, California. Iwerks & Co. is an industry leader in documenting the human story of innovation and enterprise around the world, consistently telling compelling stories about visionary people—and entities—who have achieved the remarkable, the unbelievable, and often the unfathomable. The company is currently developing a number of narrative and documentary features, series, and short-form programming.

Iwerks latest six-part docuseries, The Imagineering Story, released as the inaugural docuseries on the new Disney+ streaming service in November 2019, traces the 65-year history of the artists and engineers who design and construct Disney’s theme parks and attractions. Simultaneously, Iwerks released her feature documentary, League of Legends Origins, on Netflix in October 2019. The film chronicles the underground cultural phenomenon and global growth of the #1-played online video game in the world that mainstream society has never heard of—League of LegendsIn addition to overseeing current films and series in production, Iwerks is writing and developing a number of scripted series, feature films, animation projects, and more.

On-Sale Information

Tickets for Behind The Imagineering Story with Director Leslie Iwerks will be available as follows:

  • Walt’s Circle Donors: Purchase tickets beginning Monday, February 10 at noon by calling 415.345.6810 or emailing
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  • Public (non-members): Remaining tickets available online or at Ticket Desk beginning Monday, February 17 at noon

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