Joshua Levine has over ten years of experience as a producer, director, writer, actor and brand marketer.
Levine was bitten by the youth culture marketing and branding bug at about the same time he seriously began to pursue his career inHollywood at the turn of the century. At Howell’s Imagewerks Youth Culture Branding Agency, Levine assisted in brand-building campaigns for the launch of Toyota’s Scion brand, Activision’s Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game franchise, and campaigns for nonprofit organization Keep California Beautiful, among others.
Levine’s acting career began in 2004 when he gained an array ofexperience working with other actors, directors, producers, andmanagers, while compiling extensive TV and film credits for My name is Earl, Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, and Ryan Murphy’s Running with Scissors, CSI NY, and Banksy's film Exit Though the Gift Shop.
While acting, Levine served as Head manager of Mattie Management & Films, a company responsible for clients including Miara Walsh (Cory in the House Desperate Housewives), Emma Caulfield (90210,Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Darkness Falls), Alexa Havins (All My Children, Old Dogs, When in Rome), and Justin Bruening (Night Rider, CSI, All my Children), among many others. At Mattie Management he deepened his experience and expanded relationships in entertainment with casting directors, studios, networks, and distributors.. Levine is the founder of Mattie Films, a boutique film production company credited with indie smash hit Fat Girls, which won the Tribeca Film Festival JuryAward for Feature Films in 2007 and was purchased by Here TV for worldwide distribution. Levine went on to be the head of the TV/film dept for Jet Set Agency.
Levine now owns his own full service production company blackrockcityfilms.com our unique combination of professional market and production experience and insight to the values of the elusive youth consumer enables Black Rock City Films to create focused and authentic youth culture production and branding.
With use of alternative and traditional production and marketing strategies and techniques. Black Rock City Films has a proven recipe for success in connecting their clients and productions with today's active youth culture.
What is the current project you are working on?
I'm just finished a hybrid talk show called "the party" http://vimeo.com/firstbureauofimagery its a super cool show with some great guests, now I'm working on two TV pilots and documentary about art cars from the burning man festival and working distribution for DPIO.
Did you always want to be a filmmaker?
No I wanted to be a fireman when I was younger but then in jr high I was in the theater dept and it was all down hill after that lol so film and TV was something I have always loved and wanted to be involved with.
What inspired you to become filmmaker?
My high school drama teacher.
What is the best thing about being one?
Craft services lol no the best thing is the freedom you can have with shooting your own vision.
What is the worst thing about being one?
DRAMA! so much its a juggling act of egos and feelings but its all small things compared to doing what you love.
What is the estimated number of projects you have worked on?
Who is your favorite filmmaker?
Wes Anderson /Alejandro jodorowsky
How has your life changed since you became a filmmaker?
Longer nights less sleep more time in front of my computer more red carpets.
What is one piece of advice you can give to someone who also wants to make it in the movie business?
Patience and drive, and good projects.
What do you like to do besides filmmaking?
I love to work in my garden and my art studio.
Have you had any other jobs before you decided to become a filmmaker?
OMG! I have been everything from a paperboy to a zookeeper.
What are some of your favorite American films? Foreign films? Television shows?
Modern family is pure gold writing and acting top notch!
How would you describe your film education?
Trial by fire...LOL
How would you describe the film "scene" where you live?
I'm all over the place but I'm writing this from my compound in San Diego so the film scene is very small in SD but its nice and underground.
How has social media changed the independent film industry?
Yotally! It's a catch 22, but if you can use to your advantage then its a game changer.
What's your opinion on crowdfunding?
It's a good concept but could be to many cooks in the kitchen for certain projects.
What is the casting process like?
HELL! ha ha it could be long and boring but when you have good actors come threw that are solid and off book then its pure joy!!!
How does independent film differ from the mainstream?
Less money way more work but more control so you have to choose the right battles on the mainstream side.
You could go back in time and see any classic film being made. Which film would it be and why?
Casablanca man the sets would be amazing!
What's your favorite movie quote and why?
"I'm 10 min away will be there in 5"
You could have any super power. What would it be?
Flying save so much time at the airport.
What is your opinion on movie remakes?
It's good from the standpoint of the studios.
What is your opinion on book to movie adaptions?
It makes an investor feel more secure with their investments.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Come follow the film at the links below
The hilarious downward spiral of a frustrated woman's night as she tries to relax at home after a hard day. The short is elevated by surreal animation, cringe worthy what if scenarios and good fashioned T and A.
CREATOR/PRODUCER JOSHUA LEVINE
STARRING EMMA CAULFIELD,JOSHUA LEVINE,SELNA LUNA
DIRECTED BY FAMED CREATOR/DIRECTOR OF "MAXX HEADROOM" FARHAD MANN
ANIMATION BY TITMOUSE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER EMMA CAULFIELD
PRODUCTION COMPANY BLACK ROCK CITY FILMS
Thanks so much for doing the interview Joshua. I've never seen El Topo. I'll have to check it out. I wish you all the best with "The Party", DPIO and your other projects.