AD 215 | Sam Levy

After studying filmmaking with Leslie Thornton at Brown University, and French New Wave director Eric Rohmer at The University of Paris-Michelet, Sam Levy began his professional career as an apprentice to cinematographer Harris Savides.

Sam first gained recognition as a cinematographer in his own right when he photographed Wendy and Lucy for director Kelly Reichardt - voted one of the “Best 25 Films of the 21st Century” by The New York Times.

Sam went on to shoot three films for director Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha, Mistress America and While We’re Young.

Sam’s recent films include Lady Bird - nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture - as well as two projects for director Spike Jonze: Changers and Untitled Frank Ocean Project.

Sam has photographed commercials and music videos for such directors as Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek, Fredrik Bond, Stacy Wall, Randy Krallman, Lisa Rubisch and Brigitte Lacombe among others.

Show Notes:
  • New experiences while shooting “Mayday”
  • Sam’s experience being a producer and cinematographer
  • Logical and emotional headspaces
  • The genesis of “Mayday” Women filmmakers
  • Using reference material
  • Sam’s path into cinematography Spirituality
  • The role of a filmmaker / How it’s changing
  • Sam’s upcoming project
  • Wrap up
Sam’s Instagram

Posted 11.8.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino