wendy levy aka twendywendy media consultant creative mentor facilitator of new ideas artmaker people connector data activist

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 and led the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies and The Mediamaker Fellows Program, and produced The Stream, a CPB-funded series of short web documentaries focused on interactive storytelling, new technologies and social change. 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. She has served as an Advisor to the Tribeca New Media Fund, Louverture Films, Screen Edge New Zealand, ABC Australia, WeOwnTV, Witness, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Program, in addition to a diverse group of NGOs, social entrepreneurs and independent artists around the world. 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 including UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco City College, the College of San Mateo, and San Francisco State University. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Wendy has been happily transplanted in Oakland, California since 1983.

 

 

MEDIA

Wendy at Macarthur Foundation  http://www.macfound.org/videos/348/

Wendy at CAAM Present/Future Summit http://presentfuturesummit.tumblr.com/post/20785433328/present-future-summit-at

Wendy at Tribeca/Silverdocs Transmedia Lab  http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/filmmakers/newmedia/news/126592708.html


     

More Links

Macarthur Foundation: On The Role of Public Media  http://www.macfound.org/videos/348/

On Embracing Emerging Technology 
http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/filmmakers/newmedia/news/126592708.html

The Stream (Executive Producer)
http://bavc.org/stream

About the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies
http://bavc.org/producersinstitute

About the HIVE Labs
http://www.thehivelabs.com.au/page/about

Wendy Levy
on the Politics of Participation by Susan Gerhard
http://www.sf360.org/Articles/Q-and-A/?pageid=11734

Filmmaker Magazine: Alternative Storytelling For New Digital Media Platforms
http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/blog/2008/01/sundance-panel-alternative-storytelling.php

Moviescope Magazine: Embracing the Multiplatform Storytelling Universe by Ingrid Kopp (link to PDF)
http://www.bavc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1321&Itemid=896

The NAMAC Blog: Sharing The Wealth
http://www.namac.org/node/7758

Prenups Blog: Beyond Cool: Multimedia Planning for Funders and Filmmakers
http://www.theprenups.org/?q=content/blogs&author=Wendy%20Levy%2C%20Bay%20Area%20Video%20Coalition

Beyond The Box Blog: BAVC Producers Institute Extends Storytelling Into The Digital Realm
http://beyondthebox.org/the-bavc-producers-institute-extends-storytelling-into-the-digital-realm/

The Stream Radio on PRX: series produced by Wendy Levy, stories produced and directed by Bernhard Drax
http://www.prx.org/series/31800-the-stream

YouTube Connects San Francisco TV Station with Citizen Journalists by Matt Baume
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?aid=188546&id=101

New Ways to Inspire Action: Ideas from the Producers Institute by Graham Meriweather
http://www.takepart.com/news/tag/harvest-cloud?fb_js_fbu=627556364

Documentary Edge New Zealand Forum
http://www.docnz.org.nz/forum/programme.html

BAVC BLOG: BAVC Talks Power of New Media at The United Nations
http://www.bavc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2147&Itemid=1899

BAVC BLOG: Collected writing from Creative Programming
http://www.bavc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=214&Itemid=1899

POV Blog: Sundance 2010 Wrapping Up by Yance Ford
http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/2010/01/sundance_2010_wrapping_up.php

Social Issue Documentary: The Evolution of Public Engagement by Barbara Abrash
http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/making-your-media-matter/documents/social-issue-documentary-evolution-public-engagement

Shayna Capalini SL Interview by Bernhard Drax
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiOR0whruJM

SFGATE: Gay Film Festival Puts Spotlight on the East Bay by Laura Compton
http://articles.sfgate.com/1998-09-11/news/17730069_1_east-bay-sundance-film-festival-gay

SCREENING THE PAST: Performing Memory by Julia Erhart
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/firstrelease/fr1201/jefr13a.htm

SF Chronicle: Admitting To Her True Calling by Wendy Levy
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2000/09/17/SC01PGE.DTL

SF Chronicle: The Blending of Real Life and Moviemaking by Bob Graham
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/11/05/DD231601.DTL


SELECTED PROJECTS I HELPED DEVELOP AT THE PRODUCERS INSTITUTE
FOR NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND THE BAVC MEDIAMAKER PROGRAM

Bridge The Gulf
http://bridgethegulf.org

WeOwnTV
http://weowntv.org

International Justice Central
http://ijcentral.org

The Waiting Room
http://whatruwaitingfor.com

Virtual Guantanamo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT7p231Cfxk

No Dumb Questions
http://www.nodumbquestions.org/

Not In Our Town
http://niot.org

 

 

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: Ian Davis
http://iandavisphoto.com/

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