His dramatic feature, Slam, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. A prison story about the personal journey of a talented young rapper-poet, Slam won the prestigious Camera D'Or Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
Among his many other awards, Levin has received the DuPont Silver Baton and a Cable ACE nomination for Best Director for CIA: America's Secret Warriors, a three-part series for the Discovery Channel. His Home Front with Bill Moyers was honored with the DuPont Gold Baton Award. He also directed The Politics of Addiction, part of the ground-breaking five-hour series, Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, which premiered on PBS in 1997.
Levin won an Emmy as the producer and editor of another PBS project, the Bill Moyers special The Secret Government - The Constitution in Crisis. His Portrait of an American Zealot was recognised by the Museum of Modern Art as a work of special importance and made part of the museum's permanent film collection.
He has produced and directed several gripping films for the non-fiction division of HBO including: Prisoners of the War on Drugs, nominated in 1998 for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special and a Cable ACE for Outstanding Educational Special; Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock, a riveting story about southern white teens adopting gang lifestyles, which won a Cable ACE for Best Documentary Special of 1994; Mob Stories, a special on the decline of the Mafia; The Execution Machine: Texas Death Row; and Thug Life in D.C.
His political documentary, The Last Party, was a look at the 1992 Presidential Campaign featuring Robert Downey Jr. He also wrote and directed Blowback, which won the Silver Award for Best First Feature at the Houston Film Festival.
In 1994, Levin formed Offline Entertainment Group with venture capitalist David Peipers, financier/producer Henri Kessler, writer/producer Richard Stratton and bestselling author Kim Wozencraft.
Levin is currently in pre-production on the feature film Brooklyn Babylon, the story of a young rasta rapper on the verge of breaking out who falls in love with a young Jewish woman chafing at the strict confines of her background.
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