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Marc Levin Director Biography
Marc Levin has been making provocative, award-winning films for more than 25 years. Norman Mailer called his recent non-fiction film Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder, "the most powerful prison movie for television that I've ever seen. Levin's work also includes Soldiers in the Army of God, which premiered at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival and aired on HBO in the spring of 2001, and Twilight Los Angeles, his adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith's critically acclaimed one-woman show which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was selected as the opening film of the International Human Rights Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Twilight was in theatrical release and appeared on PBS in the Spring of 2001. In 1998, Levin won international recognition for his dramatic feature film, Slam, which received the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Levin's roots trace back to the mid-seventies when he teamed up with one of America's most respected journalists, Bill Moyers, in a collaboration that lasted well into the 1980s. Levin directed The Home Front with Bill Moyers, which was honored with the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award, while The Secret Government — The Constitution in Crisis, which Levin produced and edited, won an Emmy award. Levin even has the distinction of having a film, Portrait of an American Zealot , be part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent film collection. In 1990, Levin produced and directed Mob Stories, an HBO special on the decline of the Mafia. And, in 1992, Levin directed Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. in The Last Party, a gonzo look at that year's Presidential campaign.

Levin accumulated many accolades and awards in the mid 1990s for his work on HBO including a Cable ACE Award for Best Documentary Special for Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock in 1994 and Emmy and Cable ACE Award nominations for the 1996 film Prisoners of the War on Drugs. In 1997 Levin was awarded the prestigious duPont-Columbia award for CIA: America's Secret Warriors, a three-part series that aired on the Discovery Channel. His 1999 release Thug Life in D.C. won the 1999 National Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special. Also that year, Levin directed Whiteboys, a comedy starring the hip-hop artist Danny Hoch, which was released by Fox Searchlight.

In 2001, Levin turned his attention to his first musical feature, Brooklyn Babylon, starring Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, which featured an original score and performances by Grammy-winning hip-hop collective, The Roots.

Levin just finished directing and producing the first season of Street Time, a dramatic series for Showtime produced by Columbia/Tristar, and starring Rob Morrow, Scott Cohen and Erika Alexander.


 

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