Joel Bender, Documentarian and ‘Amazing Race’ Film Editor, Dies at 72

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Joel Bender in 2015, from his Facebook page.

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Mike Barnes on May 5, 2021.

Joel Bender, who co-wrote and co-directed the 2014 documentary The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh and served as a film editor on The Amazing Race, has died. He was 72.

Bender died in his sleep April 24 of natural causes in Los Angeles, his wife of 28 years, Manette Beth Rosen, announced.

Bender also worked as a writer, editor, film editor and/or producer on such projects as Gas Pump Girls (1979), the Laura Prepon-starring Karla (2006) and TV’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1948, Bender attended the School of the Visual Arts in New York, served as an assistant to noted film historian and preservationist William Everson and became friends with blacklisted Body and Soul screenwriter Abraham Polonsky in London. …

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