Robert Levi, Producer/Director
Robert Levi is an independent writer, director, producer and cinematographer. In 2008, Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life became the first show in broadcast history to receive three important awards in one year: the Emmy for Best Documentary, the Peabody Award, and the Writers Guild Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. 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 short for PolyGram, and his work has screened at festivals including Berlin, London, Melbourne, Munich, and AFI. As a director of photography, Levi has worked with many directors, including Norman Jewison, Sidney Pollack, and Nick Broomfield. The first film he produced, the prison documentary Scared Straight, won a Best Feature Documentary Oscar.
Josh Blum, Producer
Joshua Blum is founder and Executive Producer of Washington Square Films, Inc. His newest feature film projects include Executive Producer on All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, and written and directed by J.C. Chandor; and Producer on Listen Up Philip, starring Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman, and directed by Alex Ross Perry, slated for a 2014 release. Past film and television projects he has produced include Margin Call, a drama starring Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, and Jeremy Irons, written and directed by Chandor (nominated for Best Original Screenplay Academy Award in 2011); Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, directed by Robert Levi; And Everything Is Going Fine, a film featuring the life of Spalding Gray, directed by Steven Soderbergh; No Joking, a half-hour special for the Sundance Channel, celebrating the posthumous pardon of Lenny Bruce, directed by Bob Balaban; and Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both directed by Kelly Reichert.
Rebecca Halbower, Producer
Rebecca Halbower is a freelance producer; Playwright: From Page to Stage is her second project with film director Robert Levi. She was Associate Producer on Levi's Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, also for Independent Lens, which was the first film in television history to win the Best Documentary Emmy, a Peabody Award, and the Writers Guild Best Documentary Screenplay Award. Prior to documentary producing, she worked in commercial production at Charlex, Inc., a leading production, design, and animation facility in New York City. Her first job in television was as researcher/writer for feature film and television producer and talk show host, David Susskind. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and SMU School of Law.