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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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

04/20/2020

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

04/17/2020

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!

04/16/2020

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

04/15/2020

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

Click the link in our bio to read the powerful story of making I PROMISE by director Marc Levin. A message from Marc: “H...
04/14/2020

Click the link in our bio to read the powerful story of making I PROMISE by director Marc Levin. A message from Marc: “Hello All, I'd like to share a piece I wrote in regards to my latest project, I PROMISE, one I hold very close to my heart. Have a read and let me know your thoughts - Avanti M” Thank you for reading and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy ❤️ #IPROMISE

‪Episode 9 of I PROMISE, 'Stories Like These,’ is out today on @QUIBI. The title is a nod to the rest of the students at...
04/14/2020

‪Episode 9 of I PROMISE, 'Stories Like These,’ is out today on @QUIBI. The title is a nod to the rest of the students at the I PROMISE school who are not central characters in the documentary, but whose lives share many of the same obstacles. Enjoy this photoset from from our producer @jack.sunflower, who was able to capture the essence of what @theIPROMISEschool is doing and how it’s changing lives through his old school analog camera. #IPROMISE ‬

(1) Candace (2) Scout, Jenisha, Makenzie (3) Fabian (4) Noah (5) Christan aka MJ (6) Caleb (7) Sema, Khaliya, Amiyah (8) Isaiah (9) Lamonte (10) Samir @ Akron, Ohio

Director Marc Levin published the story of making the Series on Quibi, reflecting on its personal impact and significanc...
04/13/2020

Director Marc Levin published the story of making the Series on Quibi, reflecting on its personal impact and significance during these unprecedented times. Read the moving letter and tell us your thoughts below! #IPROMISE https://blowbackproductions.com/i-promise-story

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04/13/2020

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

04/13/2020
Quibi

It's Vincent's world, we are all just living in it... " I Promise" Episode 8 is on Quibi, with more new episodes daily this week. #IPromise

Prepare to love Vincent even more on tomorrow's all-new episode of #IPromise.

04/10/2020

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

04/09/2020

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

04/09/2020

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

04/08/2020

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!

New podcast episode from The Tylt on LeBron James and his I Promise School with Blowback directors Marc and Dan Levin! G...
04/08/2020
LeBron James: Athlete or Activist | The Tylt

New podcast episode from The Tylt on LeBron James and his I Promise School with Blowback directors Marc and Dan Levin! Great interview, covering the experience making the I PROMISE Series. Check it out below and watch I Promise on Quibi

LeBron James is featured in the new "I Promise" docuseries on Quibi about the school James opened in Akron, Ohio. This interview with filmmakers Marc and Dan Levin shares a behind the scenes look at James, his relationship with the students and how the documentary was made.

04/07/2020

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.

Today is the day! #IPROMISE is officially available on Quibi. See what it takes to create real change. Download the Quib...
04/06/2020

Today is the day! #IPROMISE is officially available on Quibi. See what it takes to create real change.

Download the Quibi app and start the journey with Episode 1 - 3, new episodes will be added daily. We hope you watch, enjoy and help us spread the word.

“If you are looking for an antidote to the dismal news during this pandemic, meet the kids from I PROMISE.  Labeled misf...
04/05/2020

“If you are looking for an antidote to the dismal news during this pandemic, meet the kids from I PROMISE. Labeled misfits, at risk and future dropouts, they changed the way I look at students, teachers and education. They are the little rascals of hope and we want this series to inspire you. We had a transformative experience working with the students, teachers and families at I Promise. While change comes hard, this shows how a community can come together and make a difference for its future.”- Marc Levin the Director of #IPromise. Tune in ‪April 6th‬ only on Quibi! @ I Promise School

Meet the Kids of @ipromiseschool 1. Nate the Great a.k.a. Fatmac. Nate wants to be a preacher or a police officer. He lo...
04/03/2020

Meet the Kids of @ipromiseschool

1. Nate the Great a.k.a. Fatmac. Nate wants to be a preacher or a police officer. He loves James Brown and is currently learning to play the drums.

2. Scout wants to be a singer or actress and loves the movie "Tank Girl."

3. Dae'Shaunna wants to be a doctor or a lawyer. She's practicing her backflips for the playground and TikTok.

4. Vince likes to "do his thing" and loves horror movies. His favorite is "Friday the 13th."

Photos by @jack.sunflower
#iPromise, April 6th on @Quibi @ Akron, Ohio

Behind the scenes of the I PROMISE school from our blowback team :)
04/02/2020

Behind the scenes of the I PROMISE school from our blowback team :)

BTS of our #IPromise docuseries coming to Quibi on Monday 4/6 💜 #TBT #WeAreFamily 📸 Blowback Productions

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04/02/2020

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04/02/2020

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Meet Ms. Arnett’s 4th grade class in LeBron James “I PROMISE” series premiering on Quibi, a new short-form mobile video ...
04/01/2020

Meet Ms. Arnett’s 4th grade class in LeBron James “I PROMISE” series premiering on Quibi, a new short-form mobile video platform offering "quick bites" at 10 minutes or less. Episodes 1-3 will be released April 6th followed by new episodes daily! Sign up before then for a 90 day free trial and get ready for incredible storytelling delivered right to your phone. Click the link in @quibi's bio and sign up for your free trial now! 📸 @jack.sunflower

Meet Ms. Arnett’s 4th grade class in LeBron James “I PROMISE” series premiering on Quibi, a new short-form mobile video ...
04/01/2020

Meet Ms. Arnett’s 4th grade class in LeBron James “I PROMISE” series premiering on Quibi, a new short-form mobile video platform offering "quick bites" at 10 minutes or less. Episodes 1-3 will be released April 6th followed by new episodes daily! Sign up before then for a 90 day free trial and get ready for incredible storytelling delivered right to your phone. Click the link in @quibi’s bio and sign up for your free trial now! 📸 @jack.sunflower

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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