Blowback Productions

Blowback Productions Telling powerful, real stories in a unique authentic style since 1988. Stay tuned for more to come. http://www.blowbackproductions.com/
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 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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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

06/24/2020
Quibi

Watch Ep. 1 in full on Facebook, Youtube, and IGTV!!

As part of their new Listen & Learn series, Quibi has made #IPROMISE available for free, along with other shows that highlight stories and conversations about Black lives, shaped by Black creators.

Listen, learn, and share these full episodes, now available to all on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/quibius/videos/1576714015831649/

LeBron James brings his vision to life with the opening of the I Promise school. For the students, a new school year brings about new hopes and dreams.

Thank you to those who tuned into our virtual world premiere and Q+A yesterday ❤🙏You can now learn the story of how Stoc...
06/19/2020

Thank you to those who tuned into our virtual world premiere
and Q+A yesterday ❤🙏You can now learn the story of
how Stockton On My Mind was made by director Marc Levin
in his official statement here: https://www.blowbackproductions.com/stockton-on-my-mind-dir-statement

And don't miss the AFI
DOC panel discussion TONIGHT, “A Conversation With the Filmmakers and Subjects of WOMEN IN BLUE and STOCKTON ON MY MIND,” hosted by NBC News’ Meet The Press 📸 Cassius Michael Kim (김민희)

Today’s the day: stream the WORLD PREMIERE of STOCKTON ON MY MIND right now @americanfilminstitute Doc Fest! Click the l...
06/18/2020

Today’s the day: stream the WORLD PREMIERE of STOCKTON ON MY MIND right now @americanfilminstitute Doc Fest! Click the link in our bio to watch and stick around for a discussion with director Marc Levin and Mayor @michaeldtubbs after the screening! 📸 @cassiusmk #stocktononmymind #reinventstockton

#StocktonOnMyMind tells the multi-layered story of millennial mayor, Michael Tubbs, wrapping his personal journey togeth...
06/17/2020

#StocktonOnMyMind tells the multi-layered story of millennial mayor, Michael Tubbs, wrapping his personal journey together with the social policy incubator he's creating as he works to "Upset the Setup." Discover his love and radical imagination for Stockton TOMORROW in AFI Docs Doc Fest and on HBO July 28!

In 2016, @MichaelDTubbs became the youngest and first African-American mayor of Stockton, CA. #StocktonOnMyMind is a gri...
06/16/2020

In 2016, @MichaelDTubbs became the youngest and first African-American mayor of Stockton, CA. #StocktonOnMyMind is a gripping portrait of how Tubbs’ love, drive, and determination are transforming a community at a turning point - world premiere THURSDAY JUNE 18 @americanfilminstitute DOC FEST! Tickets available in our bio, at docs.afi.com. #StocktonOnMyMind debuts July 28th on @HBO and @HBOMax.

TONIGHT 10PM airing and streaming online @pbs is “Twilight: Los Angeles,” a one-woman documentary- play following the fa...
06/08/2020

TONIGHT 10PM airing and streaming online @pbs is “Twilight: Los Angeles,” a one-woman documentary- play following the fall out of the Rodney King riots. Today, America doesn’t seem much different. Written by and staring @annadeaveresmith, directed by Marc Levin.

#standtogether #policebrutality #blm @ Los Angeles, California

Baltimore Rising is now on available to watch for free on HBO.com - link in Bio!To navigate: swipe left under the headin...
06/06/2020

Baltimore Rising is now on available to watch for free on HBO.com - link in Bio!

To navigate: swipe left under the heading The Continued Fight for Civil Rights #solidarity #freddiegray #socialjustice #m4bl #baltimore #documentaryfilm #HBO

#blackouttuesday we stand in solidarity. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
06/02/2020

#blackouttuesday we stand in solidarity. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

05/28/2020
Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs

Please join me tomorrow, May 28th on Facebook Live (@StocktonTubbs), Youtube (Michael Tubbs Community Channel) or Channel 97 on television at 11am for my State of the City Address. I’ll be talking about the progress we’ve made over the past year and the work we are doing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community. Following my speech, there will be a live question and answer session open to the public. To RSVP to watch my speech, visit: bit.ly/2020stateofthecity #StocktonStrong #reinventstockton

05/28/2020

#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?"
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#documentary #whatsthedeal #filmmaking #trump

TONIGHT at 10PM - don’t miss Robert Galinsky’s interview with Marc Levin! Log onto Facebook and check out the interview ...
05/25/2020

TONIGHT at 10PM - don’t miss Robert Galinsky’s interview with Marc Levin! Log onto Facebook and check out the interview on Galinsky Coaching and Robert Galinsky's page. Thank you to the Galinsky team for facilitating this awesome conversation!

This month in 1998, SLAM premiered in Europe and won the Camera d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. We can’t wait to...
05/21/2020

This month in 1998, SLAM premiered in Europe and won the Camera d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. We can’t wait to watch and support the films that would have screened this year’s festival! Slam follows Ray Joshua (Saul Williams) as he attempts to redirect his life after being jailed for petty theft, with the help of prison gang leader and a poet (Sonja Sohn) teaching a self-expression class for inmates. Slam is available now to stream on Amazon, itunes, and more! @ Washington D.C.

Mark your calendars: FRIDAY, Director Marc Levin discusses @quibi series I Promise about an Ohio grade school backed by ...
05/13/2020

Mark your calendars: FRIDAY, Director Marc Levin discusses @quibi series I Promise about an Ohio grade school backed by @kingjames. Tune in to @docnycfest’s podcast Friday Fix featuring Marc Levin, @nadiahallgren, and Nelson George! @ New York, New York

05/13/2020
Tribeca

Check out this exclusive interview with director Marc Levin, Principal Brandi Davis, and executive director of the Lebron James Family Foundation Michele Campbell ! Watch #IPROMISE on Quibi now!

Quibi's latest docuseries is shedding light on how LeBron James’ I Promise School is changing the lives of students and families in Akron, OH by changing the conversation around education.

Join us today at 1pm ET along w/ director Marc Levin, I Promise principal Brandi Davis, and LeBron James Family Foundation executive director Michele Campbell for our latest #TribecaTalksAtHome—presented by AT&T and premiering exclusively on Facebook—for a discussion on the future of education.

05/08/2020
The Legend of Swee' Pea (2020) | Official Trailer HD

A new project alert from the Blowback family! Check out "The Legend of Swee' Pea" , Produced and Cinematography by Daniel Levin, Executive Produced by Carmelo Anthony and Directed by Benjamin May, available on @itunes.

A "mystical understanding of the game" made Lloyd "Swee' Pea" Daniels a New York City basketball legend by the age of 16. Christened the "next Magic Johnson", his career effectively ended at age 21 after being shot three times in the chest after a tussle over $8 of cocaine. The Legend of Swee' Pea follows the twists and turns of fortune in the life of a basketball prodigy: his dramatic downfall, miraculous comeback, and, finally, the bittersweet confrontation with a life imperfectly lived.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mOJP0tweFg

NOW AVAILALE ON DIGITAL: https://geni.us/SweePea A “mystical understanding of the game” made Lloyd "Swee' Pea" Daniels a New York City basketball legend by t...

Scout’s growth at the I Promise School was beautiful to watch. She has an ability to reflect quite poignantly on her pro...
05/05/2020

Scout’s growth at the I Promise School was beautiful to watch. She has an ability to reflect quite poignantly on her progress and feelings, and such a thing was vital for audiences trying to grasp the internal educational trauma young scholars like her face at such an early age. While making this film, it was challenging to get the kids to open up about their inner feelings along this journey. One afternoon at Scout’s home, after a long school day (9-5!) she was too tired to do an interview that we really needed. Despite our efforts, we were hitting an obstinate wall. After some negotiation, it only took some fried eggs, cooked by our producer for her, and Scout was suddenly right back in the mode, ready to answer any question. Beautiful stills by Director of Photography Daniel B Levin @danlivin 💙 #ipromise @ Akron, Ohio

1 month ago today, the I PROMISE documentary premiered on @quibi. During that time, the kids you all saw flourishing in ...
05/04/2020

1 month ago today, the I PROMISE documentary premiered on @quibi. During that time, the kids you all saw flourishing in the hallways of @ipromiseschool have been trying their best to make remote learning work at home. While we all struggle to adapt to virtual living, we hope everyone stays healthy and practices social distancing, like our friend in the red sweatshirt, photographed by fellow IPS student, Noah. #ipromise

Trust. When we first met Dae’Shaunna, she couldn't focus or participate in class. Instead she acted out and reckoned wit...
05/01/2020

Trust. When we first met Dae’Shaunna, she couldn't focus or participate in class. Instead she acted out and reckoned with inner trauma, but the tireless work Miss Tozzi put in to earning Dae’Shaunna’s trust payed off, and allowed Dae to flourish as the strong and intelligent scholar she truly is at heart. #ipromise

"This scene was a happy accident. As Vincent was showing us all his toys on a house tour, he was reaching for something ...
04/30/2020

"This scene was a happy accident. As Vincent was showing us all his toys on a house tour, he was reaching for something else when the chainsaw came tumbling to our feet. He promptly found the mask, telling us it was real leather and his dad made it, placed it on and started hoisting the chainsaw in a performance that will go down as unforgettable in our lifetime." - Producer Jackson Devereux @jack.sunflower #IPROMISE @kingjames @ipromiseschool

Throwback to opening day, when we met Nate on the bus and began to follow his #IPROMISE Journey. Our cameras were drawn ...
04/29/2020

Throwback to opening day, when we met Nate on the bus and began to follow his #IPROMISE Journey. Our cameras were drawn to his curiosity and honesty, but the growth he achieved has inspired our team and filled us with pride. Thank you to Nate and all the other students @ipromiseschool for sharing your lives with us and the world! We hope they were all able to learn from the experience of making the series. @kingjames

04/27/2020

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

04/23/2020

Feel all the feels for Vincent and all the inspiring kids of @kingjames @ipromiseschool. Binge all 15 straight now on @quibi! #ipromise

04/22/2020
LeBron James Family Foundation

The last episode is finally here - catch it and cry or watch the whole series from 1 to 15 and cry more, tears of joy and love and hope, the good kind! Thank you to everyone involved in making such a powerful piece that is powerfully resonating with audiences across the world!

Did you know it's okay to be sad? 🥺 It's our last day... our last episode on Quibi. 😭 #IPROMISE

04/21/2020

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

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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