About

Levy has written numerous feature and television pilot scripts for many of the major producers and studios

These include Warner Brothers, A & M Films, Propaganda Films, Polygram, MGM/UA, Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, New Line Cinema, Pathe Pictures, Cannon, Empire, Kings Road, New World, Fox, NBC, MTV and Alliance-Atlantis, and has Produced (a total of eight) films for MGM/Pathe, Empire, Megagiant Entertainment and I.R.S. World Media, as well as producing two television shows, Roar (for Universal Television/Fox Broadcasting Network) and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Secret Agent Man (for Columbia Tristar Television/United Paramount Network).

Levy has also directed and produced dozens of award winning commercials and music videos, as well as prime time television shows for CBS (CSI, Queens Supreme); FBC (James Cameron’s Dark Angel (winner of the ASC AWARD for Levy’s episode “Cold Comfort”), Roar (winner of the ASC AWARD for Levy’s episode “Spear Of Destiny”) {Levy also served as Supervising Producer on Roar}, Harsh Realm (final episode), Get Real {multiple episodes}, Freakylinks network hit.

In 1997, Levy served as Supervising Producer and staff director for the thirty million dollar Fox series Roar (on which he discovered Australian superstar Heath Ledger).

In 1998 Levy directed the Fox pilot Hollyweird for executive producer Wes Craven (from which a series was ordered), and the MTV pilot Iggy Vile M.D., which Levy also created and executive produced.

In 1999-2000, Levy directed the NBC pilot The Expendables, and served as Supervising Producer and staff director for the Barry Sonnenfeld series Secret Agent Man; Levy also directed four episodes of the critically acclaimed Fox network show Get Real.

While still in film school in 1984, Levy wrote and produced the original (there were four sequels) smash independent hit Ghoulies – the franchise has grossed over two hundred million dollars.

DRIVE, Levy’s directorial debut, was one of three American films chosen for official competition in the 1991 Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Critic’s Circle International Critic’s Week Award and was voted best film of the festival by Cinema Nuovo, and unanimously hailed by European critics. DRIVE also competed in Sundance, Tokyo, Montreal, Chicago, Stockholm, Seattle, Portugal, Munich, Spain, and Palm Springs film festivals, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sweden’s Arctic Light Film Festival (shared with Eric Rohmer), and opened the American Independent Restrospective at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

DRIVE had its world theatrical premiere in Los Angeles in August of 1992, and was called “one of the best and most exciting films of the year” by Michael Wilmington in the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Weekly entertainment editor Steve Erickson wrote a rave review; KABC’s Jim Svejda called drive “one of the best movies of the year;” and (National Public Radio) KCRW’s Robert Rosen (Chair of UCLA Film School) called DRIVE “…brilliant…a road movie like no other.”

INSIDE MONKEY ZETTERLAND, Levy’s second film, stars Patricia Arquette, Rupert Everett, Martha Plimpton, Rikki Lake, Debi Mazar, Sandra Bernhard, Sofia Coppola and Tate Donovan. ZETTERLAND was one of two American films chosen for Official Competition at the 1992 San Sebastian Film Festival (the other was “Single White Female”). ZETTERLAND was also chosen for Official Competition in the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, where it was the first film to sell out all screenings and won the Audience Award. Other sold-out festival screenings include Toronto, Gothenborg, Vancouver and Seattle. ZETTERLAND had its American theatrical premiere in Los Angeles in late August of 1993 — it received rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Reader, and broke house records for opening weekend at the Sunset 5 theatre.

S.F.W., written and directed by Levy, stars Stephen Dorff and Reese Witherspoon (as well as new-comers Tobey McGuire, Jake Busey and Joey Lauren Adams). “S.F.W.” was an official out-of-competition selection of the 1994 Venice International Film Festival, where it caused a sensation amongst the European press and festival goers, necessitating an additional last minute screening. L’Unita called it “a gem of a film…visual and sound terrorism, with a mix of technical formats and a good dose of humor;” Il Manifesto said that “in the light of day, it is very similar to Oliver Stone’s ‘Natural Born Killers,’ but “S.F.W.” has more humor, more originality and more irony and is less boring;” Il Messegero called it “well directed” and Il Giornale said it was “quite brilliant — American social satire shot with a very sophisticated technique.”

“S.F.W.” was also selected for the 1994 Toronto Film Festival, where Toronto Star critic Rob Salem called it “the buzz film of the festival,” and Now Magazine called it “a major festival hit.”

“S.F.W.” also played the Vienna, London, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Oslo and Yubari International Film Festivals, and has received critical acclaim throughout the world.

In 2001, Levy wrote and directed the two hour telefilm/backdoor pilot, “Invincible,” produced by Mel Gibson and Jet Li, and starring Billy Zane – it premiered on November 18, 2001, and was the highest rated original cable film of the year. Miramax acquired the film and released it as a theatrical film on DVD.

In 2003-2004, Levy completed writing assignments DJ for Fox 2000 and Kung Fu Kids for Warner Brothers.

In 2004-2005 Levy wrote, directed and produced Man Of God, starring Peter Weller and Nikki Reed, which will be released sometime in 2005.