Beth Levison is an independent producer/director in New York City and the recipient of 2 national Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards.
Levison is currently producing The Trials of Spring, a multimedia initiative anchored by a feature length film about the role of women in the Arab uprisings. Now nearing completion, the documentary film – about three women and their fight for human rights in post-revolution Egypt – is in association with Artemis Rising Foundation, Center for Independent Documentary and Fork Films and set for festival release in spring 2015. The multimedia initiative includes six short films about the political participation of women in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Libya, Bahrain and Yemen that will be distributed in partnership with the New York Times online in advance of the film's release.
Prior to The Trials of Spring, Levison spent almost five years working as director/producer on her award-winning, independent documentary debut Lemon, about ex-con turned spoken word artist Lemon Andersen, which was executive produced by Impact Partners, made possible with funds from NYSCA and the Ford Foundation, and selected by the State Department for inclusion in the 2014 American Film Showcase. During the completion of Lemon, she also worked as the Supervising Producer of video for etsy.com, where her videos were nominated for the 2012 Vimeo Awards and the 2013 Webby Awards.
Levison has produced two children’s specials for HBO: the animated program A Child’s Garden of Poetry, which received the 2011 national Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Programming, and introduced young audiences to classic works of poetry through the familiar voices of Claire Danes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julian Moore, Liam Neeson, and others; and Don’t Divorce Me, in which kids share their stories about the heartache and pain of divorce. Levison was also one of the producers of the Emmy Award–winning Classical Baby series for HBO—an animated journey through masterpieces of visual art, dance, and classical music. Levison has worked on a number of additional projects, including as the Senior Producer and a Director of E2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious; Story Editor of EGG the Arts Show; and Series Associate Producer of The Long Journey Home, a four-part PBS series on the history of the Irish in America.
Levison got her start in the business at National Geographic Television, and has also worked for NBC’s Peacock Productions, ABC News, MTV, and on other documentary features, as well. She teaches Producing with the School for Visual Arts' MFA program in Social Documentary Film. She grew up in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, graduated from Middlebury College, and lives in downtown New York with her husband Henry and two boys, Ben and Gabe.