Marc Levin Biography
Marc Levin is an American independent director and film producer. He is well known for his Brick City TV series, which won the 2010 Peabody award and was nominated for an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking and his dramatic include film, Slam, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 1998. He received three Emmy Awards (1988, 1989, 1999) and the 1997 DuPont-Columbia Award.
He attended Wesleyan University (class of 1973) and has described the university as key in shaping his career in film. Marc and his father, Al, teamed up on Portrait of an American Zealot which was made part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent film collection in 1982. In 1984, he created Inside Story: Fall River Spectacle for PBS which won the Cine Golden Eagle Award.
In 1985, he was given an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary for the WCBS TV Special The Wall Street Connection. In 1989, he was awarded a writing Emmy for the WCBS TV Special New York Non-Stop as well as a nomination for Outstanding Magazine Show (Non-News).
In 1991, Blowback was released. In this black comedy, an insane scientist, Dr. Krack, develops an orgasm-inducing O-bomb and threatens to detonate it. The only ones who can stop him are a drug-dealing ex-CIA agent and the woman he meets in a rehab center.
In 1992, he directed Academy Award nominee Robert Downey, Jr.in The Last Party, a gonzo look at the Presidential campaign, weaving together the personal and the political fortunes of Downey and Bill Clinton. He was awarded the prestigious DuPont-Columbia award for CIA: America’s Secret Warriors, a three-part series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 1997.
Later, he created a hip-hop trilogy beginning with Slam, a searing prison drama, which starred Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone, and Saul Williams. Followed in 1999 by Brooklyn Babylon, a fable inspired by the “Song of Songs,” starred Bonz Malone, Tariq Trotter and featured music by the legendary Grammy winners The Roots.
He directed Whiteboyz, a comedy about white kids who want to be black rappers, starred Dash Mihok, Danny Hoch, Piper Perabo, and Mark Webber in 2000. In Twilight Los Angeles, an adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman show, he fused a Broadway play with a documentary look at the LA riots. Twilight premiered at the Sundance 2000 Film Festival and was selected as the opening film of the International Human Rights Film Festival at Lincoln Center.Marc Levin
His Street Time, a 2002 television series produced by Columbia/Tristar for Showtime, received critical acclaim for its authenticity and cinéma vérité style. He executive produced the series and directed 10 episodes and the show stars, Terrence Howard, Rob Morrow, Scott Cohen, and Erica Alexander.
His documentary feature, Godfathers and Sons (2003), was part of the highly regarded Martin Scorsese PBS series, The Blues. Scorsese recruited an international team of directors with both feature and documentary experience – Wim Wenders, Richard Pearce, Mike Figgis, Clint Eastwood, and Charles Burnett.
He made his on-camera debut in Protocols of Zion, his street-level look at the rise of anti-Semitism since 9/11 and the renewed popularity of the anti-Semitic text, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival was released theatrically in the fall of 2005 and on HBO the spring of 2006.
Mr. Untouchable, the story of the original Black Godfather, Nicky Barnes, Harlem heroin kingpin, was released in theatres in 2007. It tells the true-life story of a real American Gangster from the point of view of associates, law enforcement, and Nicky Barnes, who appears for the first time in over a quarter century.
In 2008, he was Executive Producer alongside Beyoncé Knowles on Cadillac Records, the Chess Records story starring Beyoncé, Jeffrey Wright, and Adrien Brody. In the same year he executive produced the story of artist-activist Clayton Patterson, the indie feature documentary Captured, the man who videotaped the 1988 Tompkins Square Park Riot and who has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds.
In 2010, he executive produced a follow-up feature Dirty Old Town by his son Daniel B. Levin, Jenner Furst and Julia Nason. His Brick City is a ground-breaking docu-series about the city of Newark, New Jersey, its mayor, Cory Booker, and the people on the frontlines of a city struggling to change.
Executive produced with Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, the 5-hour series aired its first Peabody Award-winning season on the Sundance Channel in September 2009. The show also received a 2010 Golden Eagle Cine Award and was nominated for both an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking and NAACP Image Award. The second season premiered on January 30, 2011.
He also periodically directed episodes of the classic TV series, Law and Order.
He continued his 20-year working relationship with HBO with two films in 2011: Hard Times: Lost on Long Island and Prayer for a Perfect Season. He also co-produced the 2017 documentary Baltimore Rising directed by Sonja Sohn.
Marc Levin Age/Early Life
He was born on January 31, 1951, in New York City, New York. As of 2019, he is 68 years old. He was born in New York City and raised in Elizabeth and Maplewood, New Jersey. He was raised Jewish.
Marc Levin Nationality
He is an American citizen.
Marc Levin Family
He is the son of documentary filmmaker Alan Levin. Regarding his whole family, the information is unknown. We will update soon.
Marc Levin Marriage
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Marc Levin Net Worth
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