is a Video Artist and Documentary
Film Maker. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, he had
worked in Civil Rights, with the mentally ill, and with Vietnam
Era heroin addicts where he developed active video feedback outreach
techniques that make his documentary style intimate, engaged, and
As a founding Director of Peoples Video Theater and Survival
Arts Media in New York's Soho, he was active in the 1970's Video
Art and Community Television movement and is known as a Video
Pioneer. His work has been seen at the Museum of Modern Art, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Hayden Planetarium, and on US and European
Television. He has produced and performed in live multi-image
media events at the Kitchen, the World Trade Center, Lincoln Center,
and many universities.
Based in Maine for over 25 years, Ben Levine has been an Independent
Producer writing and directing documentary-style educational,
public interest, and corporate video and television programs for
clients ranging from National Semiconductor to the Prudential,
the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Maine Office
on AIDS, and the Baobab Institute in Dakar, Senegal. His productions
have earned Gold and Silver Awards from ITVA, IFTVA, Broderson
Ben has developed film and video community-based education programs
in film festival formats including Accès Cinéma
Africain in Montreal, and the Franco-American Film Festival in
Maine. And he has served on panels including Membre du Jury, Vues
d'Afrique, and the Maine Commission on the Arts, Media Panel.
He has taught documentary video at Maine Film and Television Workshops
and at the University of Maine.
His current film on Franco-American cultural survival: Réveil
- Waking Up French revisits the themes of his first film
on that subject made in 1980: Si Je Comprends Bien (If I really
Understand). See what Amy Calder
said when the film opened in 2002.