Director, New Arts Axis
Motion Pictures and Film | San Francisco Bay Area, US
Wendy Levy is the Director of New Arts Axis, a media consultancy at the intersection of storytelling, technology and human rights, and a Senior Consultant with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. She is also the Co-Founder of Sparkwise, an online data and story tool funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2014, Wendy was invited to participate in the White House Climate Change Data Innovation Workshop and led the Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change program at the Sundance Film Festival. She is currently working as a Consulting Producer with Skylight Pictures on their new film Disruption, and the new MacArthur-funded learning platform Map Your World, to be released April 2014. The newest initiative of New Arts Axis is the Oakland Fence Project, a large-scale interactive public photography installation (Spring 2015) that connects viewers with powerful stories, information and opportunities for doing social good.
From 2004 – 2011, Wendy was Creative Director at BAVC where she developed the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. During her tenure in 2011, BAVC was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Wendy has been a featured speaker and panel moderator at the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Skoll World Forum, and SXSW, among many other venues. Wendy’s short films have screened at Sundance and at festivals internationally and have been broadcast on PBS and the Sundance Channel. Wendy was the recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award for distinguished contribution in the Arts.
Wendy has a BA in English and Ethnopoetics from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. She has taught Media Studies, Film Theory, and Film and Video Production at numerous colleges and universities in the Bay Area. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Wendy has lived in Oakland, California since 1983.