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Lesley Topping

Public bio

I am a filmmaker and editor. My background includes editing documentaries, feature films and producing multimedia content. Current films in the works are a history of the Bronx River for the Scarsdale Historical Society, and I directed and edited two other films on the History of Scarsdale for the Society's. Recent multi media website articles include a history of slavery in New York and Scarsdale. My personal projects include "Saving Blackfoot" a documentary about illness and animal rescue and Hannah and Halvor; Letters from a China Mission 1891-1907- a mixed media play about my grand parents who were diplomats and missionaries in China during the Boxer Rebellion and Chinese Revolution.

My recent projects included co-edited "Under A Stone" directed by William Klayer a 24 minute dramatic short in festivals now.  I also edited and co produced a documentary on Native American trail marker trees by expert and artist, Dennis Downes and I am now working with director Gary Donatelli to finish a longer version.  I have also been editing video portraits of breast cancer survivors for the website Bare Breasted Against Breast Cancer.

In Lesley Topping Media and Gray Fortress Films I work with a collective of creative people to  produces videos and provides a range of photography and video services for independents, businesses and public and private events ( clients include: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, DeSantis Breindel, Overseas Press Club of America, Piper Theatre, Hard Working Movies, Downes Studio, Cauldwell Wingate Construction, Scarsdale Historical Society and many others)

Some of past projects include:  Casting Faith'' PBS, portrait of sculptor, Gillian Jagger; Cousteau Rediscovery Series (Editor& Associate Producer); Cappy Productions - Sports videos (Editor); 48 hrs & CBS News documentaries (Editor); A&E Biography, Breakfast with the Arts (Editor); ''Passing Over'' (Film Editor) PBS documentary: Feature films The Turning (Editor), What Happened Was (Additional Editing); :Streamers Robert Altman (AE), The Sicilian directed by Michael Cimino(AE), Year of the Dragon directed by Michael Cimino(AE).  Sound Editor on many features and documentaries. Earlier films "Firefighter" about a busy firehouse in Bronx. (director).