BEHIND THE SCENES: OSCAR® Exclusive
A Circle of Support Member Event
Engage in a conversation with the director of STORM LAKE, Beth Levinson and Erin Owens, Founder of Long Shot Factory, as they talk about the strategy behind being nominated for an Academy Award.
Beth Levison is a NYC-based Emmy and Peabody-winning producer/director. Many of her films have enjoyed screenings as part of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival. Her most recent producing effort, THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT (dirs. Anne Alvergue/Debra McClutchy, producing partner Judith Mizrachy), a 40-minute short about Watergate whistleblower and Republican cabinet wife Martha Mitchell, World Premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will launch on Netflix later this year. Her previous film, STORM LAKE, which she directed/produced alongside director/DP Jerry Risius, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, won the Audience Award at AFI DOCS, and broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens. Other producing credits include WOMEN IN BLUE (Independent Lens, 2020), Emmy-nominated MADE IN BOISE (Independent Lens, 2019), Emmy-nominated PERSONAL STATEMENT (PBS, 2018), and 32 PILLS (HBO, 2017). Levison is the founder of Hazel Pictures, a co-founder of the Documentary Producers Alliance, producing faculty with the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Social Documentary Film, and a member of the Academy.
Erin Owens has worked in theatrical distribution for two decades, most recently as Head of Theatrical Distribution for PBS Distribution, overseeing and leading the awards and release campaigns for films such as Academy Award® Nominee ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL; DOLORES, DARK MONEY, CHARM CITY, OKLAHOMA CITY, and BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY. Prior to joining PBS, Erin ran Long Shot Factory, a full-service theatrical distribution and consulting firm. Previously she was at Arthouse Films, where she oversaw theatrical distribution and awards campaigns for Academy Award® nominee WASTE LAND.
Currently Erin is back at Long Shot Factory working on projects she feels passionate about, like Beth Levison’s STORM LAKE, and producing Jessica Edward’s new feature documentary SKATE DREAMS, about the rise of women’s skateboarding (premiering SXSW March 2022). Other producing credits include: line producer of Academy Award® Nominee CARTEL LAND, directed by Matthew Heineman (The Orchard, 2015), and producer of THE PUNK SINGER, a documentary about Kathleen Hanna (IFC Films, 2013).
The live from Zoom event includes an inside look at the fascinating strategy behind moving a documentary from the film festival circuit to Academy Award nomination.
In-person event with limited capacity at the RMWF office, virtual via Zoom.
Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
Become a member of RMWF Circle of Support and be part of the ever-growing community of film lovers who support our year-round programming. The ‘Behind the Scenes’ series is an exclusive event offered free of charge to our Circle of Support members.