BRETT LEVNER

FILMMAKER/EDUCATOR

 

Brett Levner is an award winning filmmaker and an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Brett received her BFA with honors in Film & TV Production from New York University and her MFA with honors in Directing from Columbia University.  

 

Brett was the first woman to win the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award for her short film, Being Reel.  The film went on to be screened on 21,000 movie screens across the country and was honored at the 2005 Association of Independent Commercial Producers show for “Excellence in Filmmaking.” It is currently included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Brett directed the music video for O.A.R.’s hit song Lay Down, which took home the MTVu Woodie Award for Most Streamed Video. In addition, she received the Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy Screenplay for her feature-length script, Snow Whites of Suburbia and has produced and camera operated on several hit shows including True Life (MTV), Diary (MTV), My Super Sweet Sixteen (MTV), Made (MTV), The First 48 (A&E), Bridezillas (WE), The Shift (Discovery ID), Flip This House (A&E) and Sister Wives (TLC).

 

Brett directed the feature film, The Track, about underage sex trafficking in Las Vegas, starring Sam Trammell (True Blood), Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars) and Missy Yager (Mad Men). The film had its world premiere at the Dances with Films Festival in Hollywood.  It was also awarded “Best Local Feature” and “Best First Time Feature Film Director” at the Las Vegas Film Festival.  In addition, Brett received the Charles Vanda Award for Excellence in the Arts for her work on The Track.

Brett recently directed a music video for R&B artist, Cam Calloway, called China Blue. China Blue has screened at film festivals across the world including Dances with Films Festival and the London Music Video Festival. It has won numerous awards including the Grand Prize for Best Music Video at the Silver State Film Festival 2021, the Gold Award for Music Video at the Hollywood Gold Awards 2021 and the Best R&B Music Video at the California Music Video Awards 2022.

 

Brett currently serves on the board of the Nevada Women’s Film Festival and is the founder/faculty advisor of the UNLV student organization, Cinefemmes, which supports women in filmmaking. Under her tutelage, her students have gone on to win numerous awards including Pacific Southwest Student Emmy Awards, an Addy Award, a Best Nevada Filmmaker Award and a Spirit of Activism Award.  She is currently preparing to direct her next featuring film, Riot in Bloom, in the Fall.