Blowback Productions

Blowback Productions 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.
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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 Director/Writer/Producer 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 Director/Producer 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 Producer/Director 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 Director/Producer 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 Director/Writer 1993 Mob Stories - HBO Director/ Producer 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 Director/Writer/Producer duPont- Columbia Gold Baton Award Certificate of Merit - INTERCOM ‘91 1991 The Pacific Century - PBS Pacific Century Series Director/Editor duPont- Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism 1991 Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy - Warner Home Video Producer/Writer 1990 Sentimental Imperialists - PBS Pacific Century Series Writer/Editor duPont- Columbia Award Best Historical Documentary, Houston International Film Festival 1989 New York Non-Stop - WCBS Special Senior Producer/Writer 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 Producer/Editor National Emmy Award for News and Documentary Blue Ribbon Award, American Film and Video Festival 1987 What’s Going On? - WCBS Special on teenagers Director/Writer/Producer/Editor Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Director 1986 Inside the Jury Room - “Frontline” PBS Director/Editor 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

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1 Woman Can Change the World - Brooklyn’s Best - Rest in Paradise
09/19/2020

1 Woman Can Change the World - Brooklyn’s Best - Rest in Paradise

09/18/2020
THE FBI AGENT WHO TRIGGERED 2016 OCTOBER SURPRISE

Check out our friend JOHN ROBERTSON, from our series INSIDE THE FBI: NEW YORK.It was just revealed that he is the FBI agent who triggered the 2016 OCTOBER SURPRISE. Today's Washington Post article outlines how John, the FBI Sex Crimes agent investigating Anthony Weiner, reacted when he discovered all the Hillary Clinton emails on Weiner's computer.
ARTICLE HERE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/october-surprise-clinton-emails-fbi-/2020/09/17/518ef8a2-f2dc-11ea-b796-2dd09962649c_story.html

@hbo documentary Stockton On My Mind tells the story of Mayor Michael Tubbs, who at 26 became the youngest mayor and fir...
09/05/2020

@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

#StocktonOnMyMind #RevolutionaryReelz #UpsetTheSetUp #stocktonca #PoliceFreeSchools #DecertifyThePolice #DefundThePolice

For Thirty years, Blowback Productions' founders Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson have focused their filmmaking careers o...
09/03/2020
Interview: Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson, on Thirty Years of Making Films about Crime, Incarceration and America’s Social Ills – Part 1

For Thirty years, Blowback Productions' founders Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson have focused their filmmaking careers on social injustice, mass incarceration, and America's systematic failures. Recently they sat down for an interview with Crime Story's Kary Antholis to discuss their films and Blowback's most recent release, Stockton On My Mind, which is currently available to stream on HBO. Click here and enjoy! https://crimestory.com/2020/09/03/interview-marc-levin-and-daphne-pinkerson-on-thirty-years-of-making-films-about-crime-incarceration-and-americas-social-ills-part-1/

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 & Mar...
08/21/2020
Chasing The Thunder

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 Concr...
08/18/2020

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

Fantastic article on "Twilght: Los Angeles," from The New Yorker now streaming on PBS! Watch Anna Deavere Smith's powerf...
08/17/2020
The Urgency of Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles”

Fantastic article on "Twilght: Los Angeles," from The New Yorker now streaming on PBS! Watch Anna Deavere Smith's powerful one-woman theater piece about the 1991 Rodney King beating, the violent aftermath of the 1992 verdict, and the lasting impact of the L.A. riots on America's conscience now! https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/24/-the-urgency-of-anna-deavere-smiths-twilight-los-angeles
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/24/-the-urgency-of-anna-deavere-smiths-twilight-los-angeles

The pandemic cut short the playwright’s residency at the Signature Theatre, but her 1993 play is available to stream, and feels as incisive as ever.

Stockton On My Mind is now streaming for FREE online! The story of Stockton and Mayor @michaeldtubbs proves we can grow ...
08/08/2020

Stockton On My Mind is now streaming for FREE online! The story of Stockton and Mayor @michaeldtubbs proves we can grow towards a bright future in America. It’s time to UPSET THE SETUP!

#StocktonOnMyMind #UpsetTheSetup #ubi #stocktonscholars #guaranteedincome #reinventstockton #advancepeace

Joy Almendarez is a graduate of Edison High School, a Stockton Scholar, a basketball player, and a dedicated mother. Her...
08/06/2020

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 ...
08/05/2020

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 sch...
08/04/2020

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

07/31/2020
HBO Documentary Films

HBO Documentary Films

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.

07/31/2020
HBO Documentary Films

HBO Documentary Films

“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 Stoc...
07/31/2020

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

07/30/2020
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin

Fathers & Families of San Joaquin

“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

07/30/2020
Michael Tubbs - Youngest US Mayor & "Stockton on My Mind" Subject | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Check out the interview! Michael Tubbs and Trevor Noah are the voices we need to hear right now ❤️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trFQFmyiEEw&t=403s

Stockton On My Mind is available NOW on HBO
#stocktononmymind #upsetthesetup The Daily Show #TrevorNoah #stockton #documentary #CA

Trevor talks to America’s youngest mayor Michael Tubbs, who is the subject of the HBO documentary “Stockton on My Mind” and a trailblazer in implementing gua...

Bonus scenes, extra clips, and information on supporting Stockton, voting rights, political activism, and more. All avai...
07/30/2020

Bonus scenes, extra clips, and information on supporting Stockton, voting rights, political activism, and more. All available on hbo.com/documentaries/stockton-on-my-mind

Thank you to @deadline for the great feature. Watch Stockton On My Mind now on @hbo!

#StocktonOnMyMind #UpsetTheSetup #stockton #ca #documentary #hbo @michaeldtubbs

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...
07/28/2020

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.

#stocktononmymind #upsetthesetup #stockton #california #mayortubbs #guaranteedincome

Stockton is full of change agents dedicated to making the best future for the next generation. Jasmine Dellafosse (@team...
07/27/2020

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

Bts📸’s by our amazing producer @cassiusmk

#upsetthesetup #stocktononmymind #stockton #ca #stocktonstrong #southstockton #209 #documentary #hbo @ Stockton, California

At Edison High School, Director Marc Levin and team also met Coach Lavelle Hawkins and former student and athlete Isaiah...
07/24/2020

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...
07/23/2020

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....
07/22/2020

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

One week to go until the premiere of #StocktonOnMyMind on @HBO! Are you ready to #UpsetTheSetup? STOCKTON ON MY MIND fol...
07/21/2020

One week to go until the premiere of #StocktonOnMyMind on @HBO! Are you ready to #UpsetTheSetup?

STOCKTON ON MY MIND follows millennial mayor @michaeldtubbs’ 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 #upsetthesetup #stockton #california #mayortubbs #guaranteedincome

13 days until #StocktonOnMyMind premieres on @HBO!STOCKTON ON MY MIND follows millennial mayor @michaeldtubbs’ personal ...
07/15/2020

13 days until #StocktonOnMyMind premieres on @HBO!

STOCKTON ON MY MIND follows millennial mayor @michaeldtubbs’ 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 #upsetthesetup #stockton #california #mayortubbs #guaranteedincome

“Lo Lifes: Stealing The American Dream,” is coming soon! Based on the story of the Brooklyn crew that brought high fashi...
07/10/2020

“Lo Lifes: Stealing The American Dream,” is coming soon!

Based on the story of the Brooklyn crew that brought high fashion to Hip Hop co-founded by @thirstinhowlthe3rd, who is producing in partnership with Marc Levin's Blowback Productions, Kevin Garnett's Content Cartel, Adam Sandler and Matt Mosko's Happy Madison Productions, and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group #brooklyn

07/07/2020

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.

07/02/2020

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!

Still haven't streamed SLAM? Watch it now for free right here! https://tubitv.com/movies/300843/slam
07/02/2020
Slam (1998)

Still haven't streamed SLAM? Watch it now for free right here! https://tubitv.com/movies/300843/slam

To cope with the crime and misery of his urban neighborhood, a teenager employs his sharp wit and talent for words to compete in poetry slams.

Fantastic interview with SpringHill Entertainment's Maverick Carter on the I Promise series directed by Marc Levin. The ...
07/01/2020
With ‘I Promise,’ EP Maverick Carter Spotlights Urban Public School Creating “The Real Change This Country So Desperately Needs”

Fantastic interview with SpringHill Entertainment's Maverick Carter on the I Promise series directed by Marc Levin. The
I Promise School is creating “The Real Change This Country So Desperately Needs” #ipromise #WeAreFamily
https://deadline.com/2020/07/i-promise-ep-maverick-carter-lebron-james-quibi-interview-news-1202972031/

With the Quibi short-form series I Promise, executive producer Maverick Carter aimed to spotlight the impact of education in the lives of at-risk youth, as well as the incredible achievements of ed…

07/01/2020

1998's SLAM is now available FOR FREE on Tubi. At Blowback, we stand proudly alongside those who demand an end to racism and criminal justice reform. It's been inspiring to watch many of our films' major players still fighting on the front lines for real social justice. Saul Williams, @Momolu Stewart, Sonja Sohn, and Bonz Malone, are just a handful of leaders inspiring needed change in America. We met each of them during SLAM, which went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. If you're looking for movies to watch during this historic awakening, click the link in our bio to see SLAM in full. In the meantime, enjoy this clip from the film featuring Saul and Momolu rapping together in adjoining cells.

#justicereform #blacklivesmatter #slam

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Love The Film I Promise Director Marc Levin All that hope inside these beatiful kids, is a message for the world