Ben Levine


Documentary Filmmaker
Educational Media Producer

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

Earlham College B.A., Psychology, 1966
Duquesne University M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1969
La Cinémathèque française, Paris Independent Study, 1970

APPOINTMENTS

Originally trained as a clinical/developmental psychologist, Ben Levine researched the use of video feedback as a therapeutic intervention with schizophrenic adolescents (Western Pennsylvania Children's Psychiatric Institute, 1969) and Vietnam veterans suffering from heroin addiction (Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Lincoln Hospital, South Bronx, 1970-1971), developing feedback video as an outreach approach for hard to reach constituencies for institutions, including The Rockefeller Institute, Bellevue Hospital, March of Dimes Foundation, Cornell University College of Medicine, and The United States Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.

As a founding director of Survival Arts Media, Levine was active in the 1970s community television movement . His work has been seen at the Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Hayden Planetarium, in international film festivals, and on US and European television.

As an independent filmmaker and media producer, Levine has produced public interest educational campaigns for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (1988-1981) and FEMA, (1990) directed distance learning media systems for the University of Maine, (1976-1980) and produced numerous public service campaigns for state and federal agencies on HIV, (1985-1988) substance abuse, (2004-2008) and mental health subjects (1983-2003).

Currently, Levine serves as Program Coordinator for Language Documentation at Northeast Historic Film Archives and serves as Project Coordinator for NSF grant BCS-05533791 (2006-2008).

PUBLICATIONS

Feature Documentaries on Language Endangerment:
Levine, Ben. Si Je Comprends Bien...(How Quebec Saved Its Language). 50 min. (1980)
Levine, Ben. Réveil: Waking Up French (The Decline and Renaissance of French in New England). 82 min. (2003)
Levine, Ben. Language of America: Native Language Survival in a Global Age (in production; 2009)

Article in Conference Proceedings:
Levine, Ben, and Robert M. Leavitt. "Language Keepers: A Documentary Film Process for Stimulating Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Documentation and Revival," in Papers of the 39th Algonquian Conference, H.C. Wolfart, editor. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba (paper accepted; 2008).

OTHER SIGNIFICANT PUBLICATIONS

Levine, Ben. "Alternative Television," Radical Software, Vol. 1, No. 2, Gordon and Breach Publishers, New York, London & Paris, 1971.
Levine, Ben. "Alternative Television II," Radical Software, Vol. 2, No. 1, Gordon and Breach Publishers, New York, London & Paris, 1972.
Levine, Ben. "Yes-No/Oui-Non: Reflections on Two Referenda," The Dissident, Vol. 1, No. 7, 1996.
Levine, Ben. "A Few Things I Learned about Her: Reflections on Quebec One Year after the Referendum to Separate from Canada," The Dissident, Vol. 1, No. 7, 1996.

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

Awards and Recognition:
ITVA Gold and Silver 1986-1991; Broderson Gold (Broadcast Public Service TV) 1985, 1987, 1991; International Film and Television Gold (Science Documentary) 1987; NAGC Gold Screen (Environmental Documentary) 1991. Levine was inducted into the Franco-American Hall of Fame at the Maine State Legislature, 2003, and received a Commendation from the Louisiana State Legislature, 2004, for researching and documenting 20 years of French language endangerment in North America.

Teaching:
Associate Professor of Media Arts, University of Maine (1976-1980); International Film and Television Workshops, Rockport, Maine (1987-1988); Baobab Center, Dakar, Senegal (1989-1991); University of Maine, Farmington (1999-2000); Accès Cinéma Africain, Montreal (1997-2005); Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, USVI (2004); Rockport College, Maine (2006).

Panel Membership: Levine has served on numerous panels, including membre du jury, Vues d'Afrique (2001); media panel, the Maine Commission on the Arts (1978-1980); New England Foundation of the Arts (2003); and the Maine Creative Economy (2004)

 

Selected Recent Film Presentations on Documenting Language Endangerment:

York University, 2007
University of Paris La Sorbonne, 2007
Bowdoin College, 2006
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
Caribbean Museum Center, USVI, 2004
Jean LaFitte National Park Center, Lafayette, LA, September 2004
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2003
Laval University, Quebec, 2003
Yale University, 2002