Beth Levison

Filmmaker

Beth Levison, Filmmaker

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Levison is a producer/director and the recipient of two national Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards. She is currently producing the feature-length documentary film RULES TO LIVE BY about the life, mental illness, and tragic suicide of New York artist and photographer Ruth Litoff. Prior to this, she produced THE TRIALS OF SPRING (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.  Her independent documentary 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. Currently, she focuses on independent documentary film, and also directs and produces commercial work, branded content and web shorts. She is based in New York City, loves what she does, and is mom to two boys, Ben and Gabe.

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Application Info Session Jan 22
January 11, 2018

Application Info Session Jan 22

SocDoc is hosting an online info session ahead of our application deadline. Drop in to this online info session anytime from 3-6pm EST to have your questions answered – whether you have a query about the application process, or want more details on the program and department itself. Read More
Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman
January 11, 2018

Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting one of America’s best known documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, to give a masterclass for SVA students following the recent release of his 41st documentary Ex Libris – The New Yor Read More
Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings
December 20, 2017

Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings

If you're considering joining SVA's MFA Social Documentary Film program, we encourage you to come by for a tour of the department, and to sit in on our weekly screening series that comprise our Process & Style class on Thursday evenings. Read More
NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives
December 06, 2017

NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives

We are excited to announce that new this year, SocDoc is expanding our class offerings to include a couple of weekend-long workshops as well as a two-week summer session. These classes are all open to the public.

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