Film Television Events Tributes
Danza per Vida (2020) — in pre-production
Danza per la Vita is a 20th anniversary artistic commemoration of the tragic events that took place on 9/11, set to the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi. It is a multi-media work that includes symphony orchestra, vocal chorale and soloists, dance, projection mapping, holograms, spoken text, adults, children, monks – and our audience. This live dance and music event will take place in at the nexus between New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, PA, the sites of that day’s horrific tragedies. Several of the world’s leading choreographers will create original works to honor the many lives that were lost. The renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel will conduct a live orchestra and world-class designers will create a physical environment which will combine with augmented reality projection to connect the live and broadcast audience.
Presentation Deck: http://mitchlevine.net/Requiem_Danza_per_la_Vita_Deck_2_2020.pdf
Morphing Gravity (2019) - in post-production
We have yearned to fly since we began to dream. Leaving the earth and the terrestrial pull of gravity has been central to human hopes and longing since consciousness began. Lisa Giobbi – a dancer, aerialist and choreographer – has wedded her art with these dreams. MORPHING GRAVITY chronicles her journey and the creation of her aerial ballet, Fight or Flight.
UVA Bicentennial (2017)
The Bicentennial Celebration of the founding of the University of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson (along with his fellow founding-fathers, James Madison and James Monroe) was an extraordinary evening of commemoration and celebration (even President Jefferson and Edgar Allan Poe made appearances!).
More than 20,000 people gathered to mark this historic event. That night, we noted both the highs and lows of UVA’s extraordinary history. Jefferson deeply believed that "an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." That was the essence of the commemoration.
The Bicentennial paid homage to many forms of artistic expression (48 separate performances!). There was a major architectural installation and augmented-reality projection mapping to share the past, present and future of America and the university. We presented a huge swath of performing arts and artists, including Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr from “Hamilton”), Andra Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Katie Couric, Tina Fey, many a capella groups and choruses, the MLK Choir with the legendary Ingramettes, and many more. Rita Dove, the former Poet Laureate of the United States, recited a new poem for the commemoration. Importantly, we presented “Voices of the Descendants” as descendants of the enslaved who built UVA shared their ancestors’ stories. Jason George recited and evoked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “I Have a Dream.” We commissioned an oratorio entitled, “We Hold These Truths,” a new electronic music work, “Jefferson’s Clock” was presented (joined by a duet between a male dancer and a 200 pound moving sculpture), the Cavalier Marching Band marched, Virginia’s Governor spoke and so much more. It’s was an extraordinary and historic evening.
Short Documentary: https://vimeo.com/389300172 (password: uva)
John Huston Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Cinema (2014)
Tribute to Julie Taymor
Taymor Montage: https://vimeo.com/94013017
In Confidence (2013)
Molly has a secret. It may destroy her world.
John Huston Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Cinema (2013)
Tribute to Darren Aronofsky
Martin Scorsese & Ellen Burstyn
Event Clip: http://tinyurl.com/d769rst
Aronofsky Montage: https://vimeo.com/63287462
Children Mending Hearts (2010)
Ben Affleck, Rosario Dawson, Aisha Tyler
Hungry is the Tiger (2009)
Shot on location in Indonesia and India, this documentary feature film explores the global food crisis and tells the story of the White Revolution, an effort to alleviate malnutrition by establishing dairy cooperatives in impoverished villages around the world. Weaving together expert interviews and the voices of the Indonesian and Indian people, the film utilizes documentary film techniques and Javanese shadow puppet performance. It includes traditional and contemporary Indian and Indonesian music and a special song by Patti Smith.
Living & Learning (2008)
TV sitcom episodes:
Maid for Each Other
This Is My Stop
Toothy Hurty in the Morning
Spirit of Independence (2008)
Tribute to Don Cheadle
Hosted by Halle Berry
SFF Life Achievement Award (2007)
Hosted by Robert Osborne
Spirit of Independence (2007)
Tribute to Clint Eastwood
Hosted by Tony Bennett &
SFF Life Achievement Awards (2006)
William H. Macy
Hosted by Joe Pantoliano
BIFF Life Achievement Award (2006)
Tribute to Nicolas Cage
Hosted by Sir Sean Connery
WOS Tribute to Versace (2006)
Featuring Sharon Stone, Demi Moore,
Elton John, Prince, Guns ‘N Roses
Spirit of Independence (2006)
Tribute to Charlize Theron
Hosted by Woody Harrelson
WOS Tribute to Ferragamo (2006)
Featuring Angelica Huston & Kanye West
Spirit of Independence (2005)
Tribute to George Clooney
Hosted by Don Cheadle
SFF Life Achievement Award (2005)
Hosted by Lainie Kazan
SFF Life Achievement Award (2004)
Hosted by Betty Buckley
Lake Tahoe Life Achievement Award (2001)
Hosted by Nick Clooney
Lake Tahoe Life Achievement Award (2000)
Hosted by Nick Clooney
Set in a Nazi extermination camp during World War II, SHADOWS is about surviving in a world where survival seems impossible. It is a story of what happens when one chooses evil and turns against one's own. And it is a film about growing up in the most horrendous conditions and the effect that has on love, family and survival.
Stale Identity (1998)
In an homage to Hitchcock and film noir, a young girl witnesses the death of her parents. This is the tale of her revenge.
At the dawn of the 20th century, soon to be renowned French author and poet Colette marries young to an older man who keeps her confined to her room, forces her to write and publishes her work under his name. This drama explores their complex psycho-sexual relationship.
AFI Fest Tributes (1996-2001)