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Joel Bender, a director, writer and Amazing Race film editor, died April 24 of natural causes in Los Angeles, his wife of 28 years, Manette Beth Rosen, announced. He was 72.
Bender also worked as a writer and director on Gas Pump Girls (1979) and the Laura Prepon-starring Karla (2006) and as an editor on 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 K. Everson and became friends with blacklisted Body and Soul screenwriter Abraham Polonsky in London.
An avid collector of rare films, Bender became involved in film preservation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He also was a guest lecturer at the college level and taught classes and conducted workshops on film history and directing.
He also worked on the 2014 documentary The True Adventures of Raul Walsh.
Survivors include his brother-in-law, Richard, sister-in-law Nancy and nieces Blair and Bonnie.
May 8 A previous version of this story misstated Bender’s contributions to the documentary The True Adventures of Raul Walsh.
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