Telling powerful, real stories in a unique authentic style since
1988. Stay tuned for more to come. Blowback Productions was created by Marc Levin in 1988.
He and his producing partner, Daphne Pinkerson, have made over 20 films that have received Duponts, Emmy's and other accolades. Blowback's sister company, Brick City TV, produces nonfiction television series for major networks such as Sundance Channel, CNN, and Participant Media's new network, pivot. Brick City TV's Executive Producers, Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin won two Peabody Awards and received two Emmy nominations for their groundbreaking series, BRICK CITY. BLOWBACK'S WORK INCLUDES:
2012 Second Coming: Will Black America Decide 2012? - BET
2011 Hard Times: Lost on Long Island - HBO - Audience Award Hamptons Film 2011 Film Festival
2011 Prayer for a Perfect Season - HBO Sports
2011 Triangle: Remembering the Fire – HBO
2011 Brick City 2 – Sundance Channel
2009 Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags – HBO - Toronto Film Festival Selection
2009 Brick City – Sundance Channel- 2010 Peabody Award Winner
2008-9 Law & Order – NBC Universal Television
Two TV episodes “Betrayal” (2008) and “Lucky Stiff” (2009)
2008 Cadillac Records – Sony Pictures
2007 Mr. Untouchable – HDNet and Magnolia Pictures
2006 Protocols of Zion – HBO/Cinemax and ThinkFilm
Official Selection Sundance
2005 Back in the Hood – HBO
2004 Heir to an Execution – HBO and Theatrical Release
nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance
2002-3 Street Time – Showtime
2003 Godfathers and Sons – PBS and Theatrical Release
2002 Gladiator Days – HBO
2001 Soldiers in the Army of God – HBO
NARAL Courageous Advocate Award
Toronto Film Festival Selection
2001 Brooklyn Babylon – Artisan Entertainment, Canal +
2000 Twilight Los Angeles – PBS and Theatrical Release
2000 Speak Truth to Power – PBS
1999 Whiteboys – Fox Searchlight Pictures, BAC Films and Canal+
1999 Thug Life in D.C. – HBO
1999 Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction SpecialNational Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS Award
First Place Winner 32nd Annual Media Awards Competition,
National Council on Family Relations
1998 SLAM - Trimark Pictures
1998 Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
1998 Camera d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
1998 Prix du Public, Cannes Film Festival
1998 Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home: The Politics of Addiction - PBS -Community Service Emmy
1997 The Execution Machine: Texas Death Row - HBO
National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS Award
1. CIA: America's Secret Warriors - Discovery Channel Director/Producer
duPont-Columbia Silver Baton
CableACE nomination for Best Director
1996 Oklahoma City: One Year Later - Dateline NBC hour special
Producer/Director - hosted by Bill Moyers
1996 Prisoners of the War on Drugs - HBO
Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Special
CableACE nomination for Outstanding Educational Special
1995 What Can We Do to Overcome Youth Violence? - PBS
Director/Producer - for Bill Moyers
1995 Humanitus Award
1994 Gang War: Bangin’ In Little Rock - HBO
CableACE Award for Best Documentary
Silver Medal for Best Documentary, Houston International Film Festival
1994 Graffiti War - Tokyo Broadcasting
Singled out for recognition at the NY Film Festival at Lincoln Center
Chairman’s award at Multimedia Grand Prix in Japan
1993 The Last Party - Triton/Live Home Video
1993 Mob Stories - HBO
Nominated for CableACE Award for Best Documentary
1992 Haiti: Killing the Dream - PBS
Writer and Special Creative Consultant
Latin American Film Festival First Prize
1991 The Home Front with Bill Moyers - PBS
duPont- Columbia Gold Baton Award
Certificate of Merit - INTERCOM ‘91
1991 The Pacific Century - PBS Pacific Century Series
duPont- Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
1991 Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy - Warner Home Video
1990 Sentimental Imperialists - PBS Pacific Century Series
duPont- Columbia Award
Best Historical Documentary, Houston International Film Festival
1989 New York Non-Stop - WCBS Special
Emmy Award for Outstanding Writer (Non-News) and
Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Magazine Show (Non-News)
1988 The Secret Government - The Constitution in Crisis: Bill Moyers
Special - PBS
National Emmy Award for News and Documentary
Blue Ribbon Award, American Film and Video Festival
1987 What’s Going On? - WCBS Special on teenagers
Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Director
1986 Inside the Jury Room - “Frontline” PBS
Blue Ribbon Award, American Film and Video Festival
Monitor Award Nominee for best Public Affairs program and best Editing
1985 Sun City - Artists United Against Apartheid
Best Music Video of ‘85, “Rolling Stone,” “L.A. TImes,” and “Village Voice.”
1985 Wall Street Connection - WCBS TV Special
Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Documentary
1984 The Curious Case of Rita Jensen - “Inside Story” PBS
1984 Fall River Spectacle - “Inside Story” PBS
Cine Golden Eagle Award
1983 For the First Time Ever - “Inside Story” PBS
1983 Indiana - “Portrait of America” - WTBS
1982 Portrait of an American Zealot - “Crisis to Crisis “ - PBS
1980 The Detroit Model - “Bill Moyers Journal” - PBS
1979 The Federal Artist - WNET
1975 Why Work? I & II - “Bill Moyers Journal” - PBS
Operating as usual
Congratulations and welcome Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Austin rivers to the New York Knicks! We first met these basketball stars on our film "Prayer For A Perfect Season," where they went head to head as High School rivals. Let's GO #knicks 2021‼️
4 years later, finally, Victory!
Biden Beats Trump!
America keeps hope alive!
Join the fight for America’s soul. Vote Biden/Harris!
This documentary from 20 years ago is as relevant as ever.
Trump didn't want anyone to see it then and got it spiked.
But its come back to haunt him for this Halloween before the election. Trick or Treat - Dump Trump!
T minus 7 and counting.
Donald Trump is one of the richest and most famous men in America, but on what foundation has his success been built? From accusations of harassment to repea...
Congratulations to Dan Levin on making this year’s DOC NYC 40 UNDER 40 List!
Daniel B Levin is a Director, Producer, and Cinematographer whose latest work includes the I PROMISE series on Quibi and the upcoming Showtime Networks documentary on NBA superstar Kevin Garnett! So proud of the talent in the Blowback family💯 Be sure to check the amazing work from all of this year’s filmmakers - https://www.docnyc.net/news/doc-nyc-announces-3rd-annual-40-under-40-list/
Marc Levin kicks off comedian Aaron Berg’s podcast BADASS JEWS in Episode 1, “Troublemaking Filmmaker” streaming now on all platforms! Thank you to Aaron Berg for the fascinating and hilarious interview detailing Marc’s journey from “ultimate outsider to award-winning director for HBO, LeBron James" and OGs of all types. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/badass-jews/id1531242070
Comedy Interviews · 2020
@hbo documentary Stockton On My Mind tells the story of Mayor Michael Tubbs, who at 26 became the youngest mayor and first African American Mayor in Stockton, CA.
Register now for a free virtual screening + post-film discussion with @michaeldtubbs, filmmaker Marc Levin @blowbackproductions and @gather4justice Senior Organizer @teamcadence, as they share efforts to “upset the set-up” of state violence, incarceration and poverty in #Stockton. Tuesday, 9/8 at 7p ET / 4p PT
On today’s podcast, we present part one of a two-part interview with filmmakers Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson, who — over the last three decades — have made some of the most in depth and insightful documentaries about the overlapping American crises of crime, incarceration, societal disrupti...
Tomorrow streaming free online at 7:00 PM don't miss OCEAN WARRIORS: CHASING THE THUNDER directed by Mark Benjamin & Marc Levin. The ward-winning eco-thriler documentary follows two marine conservation captains on a hundred-day chase across the world's oceans to catch the "kingpin" pirate fishing vessel: The Thunder. Link to tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chasing-the-thunder-tickets-113691909562
The San Francisco & Marin County Surfrider Foundations present "CHASING THE THUNDER”
Get a more indepth look at Anthony Rodriguez's experience working with Stockton's students, check out "Rose in the Concrete," from our series of extras now on HBO and Youtube. In the clip, Anthony reflects on the values he’s tried to instill in his students during a school year marred by gun violence. Link in our bio! #STOCKTONONMYMIND is streaming right now for free @hbo
#upsetthesetup #documentary #stocktonscholars #ubi @ Stockton, California
Learn more about the HBO documentary Stockton On My Mind.
Joy Almendarez is a graduate of Edison High School, a Stockton Scholar, a basketball player, and a dedicated mother. Her story resonated with our team and with Mayor @michaeldtubbs, whose life shares some big parallels. Meet Joy and her Edison High classmates in #StocktonOnMyMind streaming now on @Hbo!
Thank you @aafca , we're honored to be selected by the African American Film Critics Association for “I Promise” as the recipient of the AAFCA TV Honors Best Short Form Series ❤️
#ipromise @ipromiseschool @ljfamfoundation
Rogelio "Junior" Vivero is a photographer, student at Delta College, and a Stockton Scholar. We met Junior as a high school student at Edison, where he'd discovered a love for photography and got involved with the @stocktonscholars program. Get to know Junior and his family in #StocktonOnMyMind, streaming now on @hbo and @hbomax! @ Stockton, California
Watch our #CultureCloseup with Killer Mike and Mayor Michael Tubbs as they discuss the mayor’s upbringing in Stockton along with his plans and hopes for the city’s future. Check out #StocktonOnMyMyMind now available on HBO.
“You heard the headlines, we were living those headlines.”
Sammy Nunez of Fathers & Families of San Joaquin talks about the organization and how his own experiences shaped his mission of helping the recently incarcerated. #StocktonOnMyMind is now available to watch for free via https://itsh.bo/39CjeW1.
Samuel Nunez is the executive director of Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, a group dedicated to changing lives in Stockton by eradicating poverty, violence and despair through love, culture, and healing. Check out the short clip “Transcending Trauma” @hbo, link in our bio!! And be sure to check out the rest of our bonus content too available now
#stocktononmymind #upsetthesetup @michaeldtubbs #fathersandfamilies @ Stockton, California
“We all have a shared destiny. A shared and collective experience. And there’s a history, a really dark history just like many other communities across the state of California. Across the nation where there was a history of redlining, a history of exclusionary practices. It was by design” - Sammy Nuñez
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin was featured in the HBO documentary Stockton on My Mind go and check out the film streaming now on HBO Max.
Sammy Nunez of Fathers & Families of San Joaquin talks about the organization and how his own experiences shaped his mission of helping the recently incarcerated. #StocktonOnMyMind is now streaming. #HBO #HBODocs Michael Tubbs
Here are 5 reasons to watch HBO's 'Stockton On My Mind' an inspiring documetary on the history-making Mayor Michael Tubbs.
Today's the day! Stockton On My Mind premieres at 9:00 PM ET on @HBO, and will be streaming on HboGo and HboNow. Time to #UpsetTheSetup!
STOCKTON ON MY MIND follows millennial Mayor Michael Tubbs Jr.'s personal and political journey and explores how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton, California shaped his vision for innovative change. At 26 years old and on the same day Donald Trump was elected in 2016, he became the youngest mayor of a major American city and the first African American mayor of his hometown.
Stockton is full of change agents dedicated to making the best future for the next generation.
Jasmine Dellafosse (@teamcadence) works tirelessly as a youth organizer to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and curb gun violence especially in Stockton's South side.
Anthony Rodriguez (@teddybear32) inspires his 8th grade classes every year to tackle their challenges and traumas head-on, with understanding, knowledge, and compassion.
Get to know them and their work tomorrow in Stockton On My Mind at 9 PM @HBO
At Edison High School, Director Marc Levin and team also met Coach Lavelle Hawkins and former student and athlete Isaiah Evans, photographed here discussing a scene. Get to know Lavelle and Isaiah on July 28th at 9:00 PM only on @HBO
📸 by Producer Cassius Michael Kim
STOCKTON ON MY MIND follows millennial mayor Michael Tubbs’ personal and political
journey and explores how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton, California shaped his vision for innovative change. At 26 years old and on the same day Donald Trump was
elected in 2016, he became the youngest mayor of a major American city and the first African American mayor of his hometown.
#stocktononmymind #stockton #california #stocktonscholars #documentary #hbo @ Stockton, California
Raymond Aguilar works for Fathers and Families of San Joaquin where he fights to interrupt cycles of violence and reduce recidivism through cultural empowerment and strengthening families.
He's a life-long Stocktonian who came home from prison and is now a leader in reshaping the community and the lives of young people.
Learn about the work Fathers and Families is doing for the Stockon community July 28th on @HBO. 📸 by Producer @cassiusmk
#StocktonOnMyMind #UpsetTheSetup #fathersandfamilies #sanjoaquin #stockton
@ Stockton, California
Director Marc Levin and Producer Mike Marangu with Kendra Banks, a Stockton Scholar and current Shaw University Student. 📸 by Producer Cassius Michael Kim @cassiusmk
Learn about the amazing work @stocktonscholars is doing for students in #StocktonOnMyMind coming to @hbo July 28th!
#stockton #stocktonscholars #ubi #mayortubbs #documentary #hbo
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The trailer is here, time to #UpsetTheSetup!
In 2016, Michael Tubbs became the youngest and first African-American mayor of Stockton, CA. #StocktonOnMyMind is a gripping portrait of how @michaeldtubbs’ love, drive, and determination are transforming a community at a turning point - premiering July 28 on @HBO and @HBOMax.
We're so proud of the #ipromise team and all the students and staff who make the @ipromiseschool a life-changing school, as well as a role model for our nation's education reform! Thank you @kingjames and @ljfamfoundation for your vision!
#tbt Before twitter exposed his lies, Marc's father Al Levin produced a documentary exposing the crooked developments of NYC's most infamous real estate heir. Trump successfully suppressed the film for 25 years, until 2015 when it was finally released online. Get to know the mob connections, endless lawsuits, backroom deals, schemes, and tricks, that set the course for what we see from the White House today in "Trump: What's the Deal?"
#documentary #whatsthedeal #filmmaking #trump
Bonus scene: 4th grader Jada and her classmates love for @michelleobama spurred them to create a talk show of their own “Moments with Michelle” with the help of their teachers. This episode featured none other than Gloria James! Watch and be inspired @kingjames @ipromiseschool #IPROMISE
Feel all the feels for Vincent and all the inspiring kids of @kingjames @ipromiseschool. Binge all 15 straight now on @quibi! #ipromise
Have you fallen in love with the cast of the I PROMISE documentary yet? Episode 14 is a favorite of ours, the emotional growth of the kids while documenting the year @ipromiseschool was miraculous, see the growth in the penultimate episode on @quibi today! #ipromise #ipromiseschool #ipromisedocuseries
When a test decides your future, it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Watch the students of @ipromiseschool prepare to take on their biggest challenge yet: “The Test,” Episode 13, is NOW LIVE only on @quibi! #ipromise
Getting in touch with your emotions is hard, and this is something the students at @ipromiseschool have been practicing since day 1. Stream EP 12 the "Red Zone" out now on @quibi!
As Nate reckons with his bad behavior in school, the @ipromiseschool rethinks a broken cycle of school suspensions. EPISODE 11 is available now on @quibi! #IPROMISE
What are you thankful for? We’re thankful for a NEW EPISODE of #IPROMISE live now on @quibi! Watch episode 10 and tell us your thoughts below
An all time great meeting of the minds, Vincent and LeBron. Who else is as enamored by Vince as we are? Catch this moment in EPISODE 8 today only on @quibi! #ipromise
Enjoy this exclusive extra scene at Akron barbershop, “Monty's Place,” where we discuss how the greater Akron community felt about the @ipromiseschool when it first opened. Thank you to @barbertwin2 for letting us film and interview in his shop, and enjoy Episode 7, live on @quibi today! Stay safe and healthy this weekend and get ready for a new episode of I PROMISE Monday! #ipromise #wearefamily
Episode 6, “It Starts With Us,” LeBron returns to school as the teachers and students face their first big measure of academic progress. Stream “It Starts With Us,” live now on @quibi! #ipromise
In Episode 6, “It Starts With Us,” Lebron returns to school as the teachers and students face their first big measure of academic progress. Stream, “It Starts With Us,” live now on @quibi! #ipromise
Episode 5 “Honeymoon’s Over” - For the faculty, the realities of dealing with students suffering from trauma hits hard. The new episode is up now on @quibi!
From producer Jackson Devereux, who filmed this difficult moment: That afternoon, Dae was very unsettled and combative. I was sitting with Mrs. Tozzi and a small circle of her students, filming the escalating situation alone. I was lucky to pan the camera right as Dae locked herself in the locker. This was the first incident that helped us understand what teachers and students are dealing with emotionally. While it’s difficult to film vulnerable moments while respecting the kids’ personal space, I reassured myself it was important to communicate the level of trauma these kids are bringing to school. After this day, we decided to follow her journey over the school year, and got to know her and her beautiful family. Watch episode 4 to meet her yourself and see her story unfold on @quibi.
I PROMISE - Wide Screen
I PROMISE comes to Quibi in April! Get ready to meet the most amazing family of students and educators complete their first year in the halls of Lebron James' new school in his home town of Akron, Ohio.
We are excited to announce our new doc series I PROMISE. The series tells the powerful story of year one at the I PROMISE School in LeBron James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. We can't wait for you to meet the extraordinary students, staff and families of I PROMISE. Thank you to all our amazing partners on this project, and look out for the series this Spring on @Quibi! @Springhill, @IPromiseSchool, @kingjames, @thisisryot
🏆We have an #emmy winner! BEST DOCUMENTARY:
HBO Documentary Films,
I Am Evidence
Congratulations to the team, and executive producer Marc Levin!
#emmys #emmys2019 #director #producer #documentary #womensrights #feminist #metoo #socialjustice #justice #film #mariskahargitay
A BRICK CITY TV Production:
"I am not the kind of guy that wants to have my ship rot in the harbor, I would rather be sunk at sea than be timid and meek” - Cory Booker @corybooker .
World Premiere of “CORY in Brick City” at @dtlafilmfest October 26th.
Executive Produced by Forest Whitaker and Drew Katz and Directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin.
#corybooker #coryinbrickcity #brickcitytv #dtlaff #dtlafilfest #documentary #film
Congratulations Sonja Sohn, WINNER of the 2019 Cinema Eye Honors Award for Best Feature Film for Broadcast! 🏆⭐️ We couldn’t be more proud to have produced #BaltimoreRising in partnership with HBO.
The Way the Eagle Sh!*ts
Just in time for the holidays and straight from the Blowback Archives we give you "The Way the Eagle Sh!*s" - Al Levin's mid-1970s rant that's prescient and more timely now than ever in light of the OWS movement and its shifting of the national dialogue to income inequality, corporate power and economic justice. Happy holidays!
BRICK CITY SEASON 2
coming soon to Sundance channel
SEASON TWO PROMO
::BRICK :: CITY :: SEASON :: 2 :: - premieres January 30th, 2011