Beth Levison

Filmmaker

Beth Levison, Filmmaker

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Producing I

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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Fall 2019 info sessions
October 24, 2018

Fall 2019 info sessions

Interested in human stories?  Connected to social justice issues?  Explore the potential of a career in documentary storytelling at SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Read More
Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC
October 17, 2018

Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC

Fall begins and we’re excited to find some of our alumni and faculty’s new films at Doc NYC this year! Come and join us to watch some amazing films - grab some friends!Read More
Fall Weekend Workshops
October 02, 2018

Fall Weekend Workshops

We've got three weekend workshops coming up in the Fall to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills and perfect your budget. Maybe you're just starting out and need the basics, or you are more experienced and want a refresher - the Read More
8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!
September 12, 2018

8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!

Join us to celebrate the graduates of School of VISUAL ARTS MFA Social Documentary Film with the 8th Annual Thesis Showcase. We are proud to celebrate GROUP 8, the class of 2018! Here we share their work-in-progress thesis films, which inspir Read More