American Masters’s friend and colleague Gail Levin, a multiple Emmy award-winning producer and director, has passed away. Levin worked on a variety of genres and projects that ranged from original children’s programming to collaborations with theater and performance artists, working closely with American Masters.
Her past films include the Emmy-nominated Cab Calloway: Sketches (2012), Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides (2011), Marilyn Monroe: Still Life (2006) and James Dean: Sense Memories (2005). Monroe and Dean both earned CINE Golden Eagle Awards and were featured in Montreal’s International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). Gail also did work for Great Performances with Guys and Dolls: Off the Record (1992) and Making “The Misfits” (2002).
Gail served as a series producer on Picturing America on Screen, a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities and PBS, an online, on-air series of pieces on American art treasures and their ways of illuminating American history and lore. She was also a producer/director of host introductions and additional program content for the PBS ARTS Fall Festival, which premiered in Oct 2011. Her other projects include The Tall Ship Lindo, documenting a trans-Atlantic crossing (which won three Emmys); Harvard: A Video Portrait on the 350th anniversary of Harvard University (now in the Library of Congress’ collection of significant historical broadcasts), Stroke of Genius, an animated series on MAD Magazine artists for Sundance Channel, and The Naked Campaign, a multi-platform animated documentary “take” on the 2008 presidential race with editorial artist Steve Brodner.
Current projects she was working on include a documentary on the great Hollywood photographer Sam Shaw, the “brainchild” behind Marilyn Monroe’s white halter dress shot, and another film on the conversations of Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut, a collaboration with ARTE.