Melanie Vi Levy holds an MFA degree from Stanford University’s program in Documentary Film & Video and a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed with the Atlantic Theater Company and Playwrights Horizons Studios and has collaborated on projects with Ping Chong & Company, The Aperture Foundation, Concentric Films and Axis Films. Productions include Leaving Paradise: the Jews of Jamaica, The Secret Life of Beards (Winner Artistic Vision Award Big Sky Documentary Film Festival), A Different Color Blue (Winner Best Student Documentary, Palm Springs International Shorts Festival), and most recently her Stanford thesis film My Name is Sydney completed in June of 2009.
Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2009
An intimate journey into the world of Sydney Edmond, a sixteen year old girl who lives without the ability to speak but whose future depends on finding a voice.
16mm color film
When the thing that matters most is right under our nose. Through the personal testimony of beardophiliacs who stand by their own through thick and thin, this documentary explores how the simple daily choice to shave or not to shave impacts social perceptions, perspective and identity.
After nearly eighty years of horse racing history, San Mateo's legendary Bay Meadows Racecourse is facing its final season. At this pivotal moment in California racing history, The Backstretch takes a look at life on the other side of the tracks.
16mm black and white film
In a dusty art studio tucked away in San Francisco's Tenderloin district artist Charles Curtis Blackwell pours over works of beauty and remarkable spirit. a different color blue is the story of a man who, despite a brush with tragedy that would alter his life forever, finds hope in the most unlikely of places. This short, black and white 16mm film explores the redemptive power of art, ideas of perception, and the courage of an artist who refuses to turn away from inspiration.