Director & Editor Laura Israel was born in New Jersey and after earning a degree in film from NYU, she edited music videos for Lou Reed, Keith Richards, David Byrne, New Order, Patti Smith, Ziggy Marley, Sonic Youth and many others.
Laura has been photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank’s editor for over a decade, the films having been shown all over the world, garnering many awards. Her editing credits also include director Stephanie Black’s feature documentary Africa Unite; Life For a Child directed by Academy Award-nominated DP Ed Lachman; and Music of Regret, by photographer Laurie Simmons. She has also worked on advertising and television promo campaigns that have garnered AICP awards, International Film and TV awards, a GLAAD award, an Emmy award, and a Monitor award for editing.
Windfall is Laura Israel’s first film as director, and she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Laura is currently working on her next film, a documentary about Robert Frank.