Director, Beth Levison

Beth Levison is an independent Emmy and Peabody-winning filmmaker based in NYC.  Her most recent film, STORM LAKE, which she directed alongside director/DP Jerry Risius and also produced, premiered at the 2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and won the Audience Award at AFI DOCS and the NYWIFT Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award at the Provincetown Film Festival.  It is about one family’s efforts to protect their Iowa farming town through their biweekly newspaper—come hell or pandemic. 

Prior to STORM LAKE, she produced WOMEN IN BLUE (2020 Tribeca Film Festival) about gender, violence, and race in American policing, and the Emmy-nominated MADE IN BOISE (AFI DOCS 2019), about four women who carry babies for strangers in Boise, Idaho – the unofficial surrogacy capital of the U.S.  Additional producing credits include the Emmy-nominated PERSONAL STATEMENT(PBS 2018), 32 PILLS:  MY SISTER’S SUICIDE(HBO 2017), and her documentary directorial debut LEMON (PBS 2011).  Levison is the founder of Hazel Pictures, a co-founder of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA), producing faculty with the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Social Documentary Film, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.