This film is a production of The New York Times; in association with Kenneth Levis Productions, LLC.
Producer, Director, and Writer
Levis has been producing, directing, writing, and editing documentaries for more than thirty years. During that time his films have covered a wide range of subjects, from the arts and world history, to public affairs and current events. It has been broadcast on PBS, ABC, CBS, the Discovery Channel, and released theatrically.
His credits include several programs for the renowned PBS series FRONTLINE, including the award winning DRUG WARS, WACO: THE INSIDE STORY, NAVY BLUES, TRAIL OF A TERRORIST, INNOCENCE LOST: THE VERDICT, and THE CRASH.
Other PBS credits include F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: WINTER DREAMS for American Masters, THE ORPHAN TRAIN and MR. SEARS’ CATALOGUE for The American Experience, AVOIDING ARMAGEDDEN, and VOTE FOR ME: POLITICS IN AMERICA.
For ABC television, Mr. Levis produced, wrote and directed EVIL RISING: HITLER’S PATH TO POWER, for the Peter Jennings series THE CENTURY, was a producer of REPORT FROM GROUND ZERO, and edited DANGEROUS WORLD: THE KENNEDY YEARS.
Over the past few years, he has produced, written and directed numerous documentaries for the Discovery Channel, including four that feature the Pulitzer Prize winning author and NEW YORK TIMES Foreign Affairs columnist, Thomas L. Friedman: ADDICTED TO OIL; DOES EUROPE HATE US?; THE OTHER SIDE OF OUTSOURCING; and STRADDLING THE FENCE: ISRAEL’S WALL IN THE WEST BANK.
His work has been honored with seven national Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, and a Writers’ Guild of America Award, among others. He lives in New York City.
Sims has been a reporter, national and foreign correspondent, and producer for The New York Times during the past 20 years.
Sims is host of THE CONVERSATION, a NYTimes.com television program that features in-depth interviews with prominent personalities in a variety of social, political, and cultural fields.
He also serves as anchor of the web site’s WORLD VIEW podcast, a weekly discussion of foreign affairs with Times correspondents from across the globe. Before joining The Times’ television unit in 2003, Sims was a foreign correspondent based in South America, Japan, and Indonesia.
He has reported on guerrilla insurgencies in Latin America, the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult in Japan, political developments on Korean peninsula, and the advent of democracy in Indonesia after the Suharto military regime.
From 2001 to 2003, Sims was on leave from The Times, during which he was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he specialized in Southeast Asia. Concurrently, Sims held the Ferris Professorship of Journalism at Princeton University, where he taught a course on the media and terrorism.