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Robert Levi

Public bio

Rob Levi is an independent writer, director, producer and cinematographer. In 2008, "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life" became the first film in broadcast history to receive three important awards in one year: the Emmy Award for Best Documentary of the Year, the Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence and the Writers Guild Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. The film was also one of three documentaries to make New York Magazine’s Top Ten Best Television Events list. In addition, Levi received three Best Script nominations from the Writers Guild for his other work. His film "Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo" premiered on PBS's American Experience, received an Emmy and later played on A&E’s Biography. He wrote, produced and directed "Mott Street," a 35mm dramatic film for PolyGram, and his work has screened at festivals including Berlin, London, Melbourne, Munich, AFI and others. As a director of photography, Levi has worked with many directors, including Norman Jewison, Sidney Pollack and Nick Broomfield. He has also taught cinematography at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School. The first film he produced, the prison film, "Scared Straight," won the Oscar award for Best Feature Documentary. Levi is currently about to begin post-production on "America on Stage," a PBS feature high-definition documentary about how new theater is produced in America (airing Spring 2013), in addition to developing several other broadcast shows.