Beth Levison


Beth Levison, Filmmaker

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Levison is a producer/director and the recipient of two national Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards. Currently, she is producing a range of feature films including PERSONAL STATEMENT (dir. Juliane Dressner), WOMEN IN BLUE (dir. Deirdre Fishel), and THREE AS FOUR (dir. Sean Lennon) in association with her production company, Hazel Pictures.  Prior to this, she produced the feature-length film, 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE (dir. Hope Litoff, 2017), about the life, mental illness, and tragic suicide of New York artist and photographer Ruth Litoff, which premiered at Hot Docs and broadcast on HBO. Previous projects include THE TRIALS OF SPRING (dir. Gini Reticker, 2015), a cross-media project including a feature-length documentary and six shorts about women human rights activists in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen.  Levison’s first independent, documentary film and her directorial debut LEMON (2011)—about Brooklyn-born poet and performer Lemon Andersen—was executive produced by Impact Partners and Russell Simmons, shown at some 40 festivals around the world, selected for U.S. State Department’s 2014 American Film Showcase, and broadcast on PBS stations nationwide as part of its VOCES series. Levison got her start in television working for HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, National Geographic TV and others. In addition to producing, she directs and produces commercial work and short-form content, is a co-founder of the Doc Producers Alliance (DPA), and is mom to two boys, Ben and Gabe.  She lives in New York City.

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2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
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2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

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March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
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