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 Ex*****on – 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 Ex*****on 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

Operating as usual

Marc and Dan, father and son, at the I Promise Tribeca Festival prescreening cocktail reception.
06/22/2021

Marc and Dan, father and son, at the I Promise Tribeca Festival prescreening cocktail reception.

Marc and Dan, father and son, at the I Promise Tribeca Festival prescreening cocktail reception.

06/18/2021

Come meet the extraordinary students, staff and families of I PROMISE.
Premiering June 19 Tribeca

Thank you to all our amazing partners on this project I Promise School, LeBron James Family Foundation, LeBron James, The SpringHill Company, Maverick Carter, and RYOT

“It’s almost like when you grow up in the inner city or grow up in the projects, no one cares about you. So many kids li...
06/15/2021

“It’s almost like when you grow up in the inner city or grow up in the projects, no one cares about you. So many kids like myself have dreams and the only thing to stop those dreams from becoming a reality is the support around them.” - Lebron James

Learn the story behind the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio in I PROMISE premiering June 19 at Tribeca.

“Public education is the bedrock of a free and healthy society.  Yet there has been a steady move to denigrate and disin...
06/14/2021

“Public education is the bedrock of a free and healthy society. Yet there has been a steady move to denigrate and disinvest in our public schools. We spent a year chronicling the start of this new I PROMISE SCHOOL in Akron Ohio. Their goal is to be a nationally recognized model of urban and public school excellence.” - Marc Levin, Director of I PROMISE.

See what it takes to create real change. I PROMISE premieres June 19 at Tribeca.

#IPROMISE

Photo Credit: Jackson Devereux

Captain Peter Hammarstedt fearlessly led his crew for 110 days across 3 oceans and 2 seas. Stream #chasingthethunder now...
06/11/2021

Captain Peter Hammarstedt fearlessly led his crew for 110 days across 3 oceans and 2 seas. Stream #chasingthethunder now on discovery+ to follow Sea Shepherd's epic 10,000 mile pursuit of the "Thunder." Download and subscribe on #discoveryplus: http://discoverypl.us/2L1fLrX

Directors: Mark Benjamin & Marc Levin
Production: Brick City TV

Captain Peter Hammarstedt fearlessly led his crew for 110 days across 3 oceans and 2 seas. Stream #chasingthethunder now on discovery+ to follow Sea Shepherd's epic 10,000 mile pursuit of the "Thunder." Download and subscribe on #discoveryplus: http://discoverypl.us/2L1fLrX

Directors: Mark Benjamin & Marc Levin
Production: Brick City TV

I PROMISEPremiering June 19th @Tribeca this film tells the powerful story of year one at the I PROMISE School and LeBron...
06/10/2021

I PROMISE

Premiering June 19th @Tribeca this film tells the powerful story of year one at the I PROMISE School and LeBron James’ efforts to close the achievement gap in his hometown of Akron.
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 I Promise School LeBron James Family Foundation LeBron James The SpringHill Company RYOT

#IPROMISE

I PROMISE

Premiering June 19th @Tribeca this film tells the powerful story of year one at the I PROMISE School and LeBron James’ efforts to close the achievement gap in his hometown of Akron.
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 I Promise School LeBron James Family Foundation LeBron James The SpringHill Company RYOT

#IPROMISE

"For 110 days in early 2015, the Bob Barker, a ship outfitted by the non-profit Sea Shepherd to police some of the plane...
06/09/2021
‘It was sink or turn yourself in’: behind a dangerous 10,000-mile ocean pursuit

"For 110 days in early 2015, the Bob Barker, a ship outfitted by the non-profit Sea Shepherd to police some of the planet’s most remote waters, chased the Spanish-owned Thunder for over 10,000 nautical miles, from the Antarctic to the western coast of Africa..."

A fantastic write-up of Chasing The Thunder by Adrian Horton in The Guardian today.
https://bit.ly/3cu7yHA

Mark Benjamin

Documentary Chasing the Thunder tracks a high-stakes 2015 chase of an illegal fishing ship through storms and near collision, from Antarctica to Africa

Stream #ChasingtheThunder now on @discoveryplus. Download and subscribe at the link in our bio! #chasingthethunder #seas...
06/09/2021

Stream #ChasingtheThunder now on @discoveryplus. Download and subscribe at the link in our bio!

#chasingthethunder #seashepherd #discoveryplus

Stream #ChasingtheThunder now on @discoveryplus. Download and subscribe at the link in our bio!

#chasingthethunder #seashepherd #discoveryplus

We're thrilled to announce CHASING THE THUNDER streams on @discoveryplus on Tuesday, June 8. 🌊 Directed by Brick City TV...
06/03/2021

We're thrilled to announce CHASING THE THUNDER streams on @discoveryplus on Tuesday, June 8. 🌊 Directed by Brick City TV's very own Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin – this documentary is, "an international crime story with real life sleuths and activists who are fighting to save our oceans" that you won't want to miss!

A BRICK CITY-VULCAN-DISCOVERY production.
#chasingthethunder #discoveryplus #worldoceansday

We're thrilled to announce CHASING THE THUNDER streams on @discoveryplus on Tuesday, June 8. 🌊 Directed by Brick City TV's very own Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin – this documentary is, "an international crime story with real life sleuths and activists who are fighting to save our oceans" that you won't want to miss!

A BRICK CITY-VULCAN-DISCOVERY production.
#chasingthethunder #discoveryplus #worldoceansday

At a time when we are once again looking at how government can support families, workers, and even artists with direct p...
05/03/2021

At a time when we are once again looking at how government can support families, workers, and even artists with direct payments, it is worth looking back at the last major Federal Arts Job program, the CETA Arts Project in 1978. THE FEDERAL ARTIST documents that effort in New York City where 500 artists were hired to do their art and work with their communities. Watch the full documentary FOR FREE on YouTube now! Link in bio 👀

The CETA Media Works guerilla documentation team: Emilio Murillo, Michael Jacobsohn, Diallo McLinn, Marc Levin and George Diaz - photo by George Malave

At a time when we are once again looking at how government can support families, workers, and even artists with direct payments, it is worth looking back at the last major Federal Arts Job program, the CETA Arts Project in 1978. THE FEDERAL ARTIST documents that effort in New York City where 500 artists were hired to do their art and work with their communities. Watch the full documentary FOR FREE on YouTube now! Link in bio 👀

The CETA Media Works guerilla documentation team: Emilio Murillo, Michael Jacobsohn, Diallo McLinn, Marc Levin and George Diaz - photo by George Malave

We're so excited to announce I PROMISE, the feature-length documentary, will be celebrating its WORLD PREMIERE at the @t...
04/29/2021

We're so excited to announce I PROMISE, the feature-length documentary, will be celebrating its WORLD PREMIERE at the @tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, June 9! You won't want to miss the outdoor screening at the Brooklyn Metrotech Commons @ 5:00 PM - tickets available May 10! See you there

We're so excited to announce I PROMISE, the feature-length documentary, will be celebrating its WORLD PREMIERE at the @tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, June 9! You won't want to miss the outdoor screening at the Brooklyn Metrotech Commons @ 5:00 PM - tickets available May 10! See you there

Our first in-person office meeting of 2021 - the Blowback Fam marches on! Big updates coming soon...
04/28/2021

Our first in-person office meeting of 2021 - the Blowback Fam marches on! Big updates coming soon...

Congratulations to the @michaeldtubbs , SEED @stocktondemo, and the people of Stockton for proving that a basic income n...
03/05/2021

Congratulations to the @michaeldtubbs , SEED @stocktondemo, and the people of Stockton for proving that a basic income not only works in modern America, but is also needed. When we met Michael in our documentary "Stockton On My Mind," basic income was still a fringe idea. Now within a few years it's become mainstream, and the success it's had in Stockton has influenced other cities across the country. Today over 40 cities have joined forces in Mayor's for a Guaranteed Income to develop UBI programs @mayorsforagi .
Watch how Stockton’s UBI got started in “Stockton On My Mind," now streaming on HBO Max

(https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/03/stockton-universal-basic-income/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/03/03/universal-basic-income-andrew-yang-guaranteed-more-cities-test-monthly-check/6890858002/)

Every American and the whole world needs to see the last 2 hours of today's trial of Donald Trump - it is a lesson gener...
02/11/2021

Every American and the whole world needs to see the last 2 hours of today's trial of Donald Trump - it is a lesson generations will study - the evidence is overwhelming - trump is guilty of inciting a mob to try and overturn the election and the people's will - it is chilling to see how close we came to democracy or dictatorship -but that doesn't mean trump will be convicted because of the moral cowardice of the GOP - a black capital policeman who tried to restrain the mob and was viciously attacked, broke down and asked, "Is this America?" That is the question we all have to answer.
#impeachment

Every American and the whole world needs to see the last 2 hours of today's trial of Donald Trump - it is a lesson generations will study - the evidence is overwhelming - trump is guilty of inciting a mob to try and overturn the election and the people's will - it is chilling to see how close we came to democracy or dictatorship -but that doesn't mean trump will be convicted because of the moral cowardice of the GOP - a black capital policeman who tried to restrain the mob and was viciously attacked, broke down and asked, "Is this America?" That is the question we all have to answer.
#impeachment

01/29/2021

BLOWBACK - the film that inspired QAnon, a myriad of false flag conspiracies, and the Trump P*e Tapes - suppressed for 30 years by the deep state!

#blowback #cia #35mm #qanonisacult #peetapes

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposi...
01/27/2021

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” - Elie Wiesel

Remembering those whose lives were lost and forever changed, we will never forget!

#holocaustremembranceday
#shoah #weremember

DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED #bidenharris2020 #inauguration #hope #2021
01/20/2021

DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED

#bidenharris2020 #inauguration #hope #2021

POWER TO THE POETS #amandagorman #inauguration #bidenharris2020 #blackexcellence #hope
01/20/2021

POWER TO THE POETS

#amandagorman #inauguration #bidenharris2020 #blackexcellence #hope

RIP MICHAEL APTED. Michael Apted was a multi-talented filmmaker who also led the DGA through the beginning of the digita...
01/12/2021

RIP MICHAEL APTED. Michael Apted was a multi-talented filmmaker who also led the DGA through the beginning of the digital revolution. Thank you Michael for your leadership and all your inspiring work, especially the "7UP" series, which is the greatest documentary series of all time. Your work lives on.

A tale of 2 Americas - BLACK JOY BEATS WHITE HATE. Trump literally subverts and defaces democracy and needs to  be remov...
01/07/2021

A tale of 2 Americas - BLACK JOY BEATS WHITE HATE. Trump literally subverts and defaces democracy and needs to be removed immediately! But a Black man and a Jew from Georgia keep hope alive...
#dc #hope

12/03/2020

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!Celebrate!#bidenharris2020
11/08/2020

4 years later, finally, Victory!
Biden Beats Trump!
America keeps hope alive!
Celebrate!

#bidenharris2020

Join the fight for America’s soul. Vote Biden/Harris! #vote #vote2020
11/03/2020

Join the fight for America’s soul. Vote Biden/Harris!

#vote #vote2020

VOTE NOW - your voice matters, let it be heard! #vote #vote2020
11/02/2020

VOTE NOW - your voice matters, let it be heard!

#vote #vote2020

Farewell James - you will be missed @james_wallace_092219
10/31/2020

Farewell James - you will be missed

@james_wallace_092219

10/27/2020
Trump: What's The Deal? Full Documentary (1991)

TRUMP: WHAT'S THE DEAL? is now free (with ads) on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYU2FJxsSeE

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...
10/06/2020

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/

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 S*x 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”

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Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
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Friday 10:00 - 18:00

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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