CURRICULUM VITAE:

Brett Caroline Levner, Associate Professor

Department of Film

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

4505 Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89154-5003

(tel) 702.895.4627

(cell) 917.952.6657 

Brett.Levner@unlv.edu

EDUCATION:

2007

1998

MFA cum laude in Directing, Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY

BFA cum laude in Film & TV Production, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY

ACADEMIC POSITIONS:

2011 - Present

Associate Professor, Department of Film, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

2010 - 2011

Instructor, Department of Film, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 

2009 - 2011

Instructor, Department of Editing, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2007 -  2007

Instructor, Department of Editing, New York Film Academy, New York, NY

2005 - 2006

Instructor, Department of Film, Columbia University, New York, NY

2004 - 2005

Teacher’s Assistant, Department of Film, Columbia University, New York, NY

COURSES TAUGHT:

Graduate Screenwriting, Staging for the Screen, Introduction to Film Production, Documentary Filmmaking, Non-Linear Computer Editing, the History of Editing, Advanced Directing and Film Sound.

SCHOLARSHIP:

China Blue  |  April 2021

Music Video

Director/Producer. Directed a music video for Las Vegas artist, Cameron Calloway.  

Windsor Park  |  January - May 2021

Short Documentary

Faculty Advisor. Partnered with William S. Boyd Law School at UNLV and Senator Dina Neal to tell the story of the Windsor Park housing community in North Las Vegas.

 

The Day the Lights Went Out  |  January - May 2020

Short Documentary

Faculty Advisor. Created during quarantine, UNLV students document their experiences with Covid.  Pacific Southwest Regional Student Emmy Award nominee.

 

The Big Wish  |  January 2019

Commercial

Faculty Advisor. Oversaw the production of a student commercial for the Coca-Cola Regal Films Contest.  Commercial won the Social Media Award, a and played in Regal Theaters across the country.

 

Supernatural  |  June 2018

Music Video 

Director. Directed a music video for Las Vegas artist, Cameron Calloway.  Screened as part of the Las Vegas Film Festival Music Video Lab 2018.

 

Splashing the Streets  |  January - May 2017

Short Documentary

Faculty Advisor. Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction), Brett Levner (Film) and a group of students collaborated to create a short documentary about water conservation and reuse in Southern Nevada. Their project was funded by a grant from the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.  The project was integrated into Levner's course on documentary filmmaking (FIS 447). A cohort of film and engineering students worked closely with water professionals from the Clark County Water Reclamation District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority to produce the documentary, which takes a comedic approach to educating the public about the Las Vegas water cycle.  Pacific Southwest Student Emmy Award Winner.

 

The Track  |  January 2014 - 2017

Feature Film 

Director & Story By. I directed this feature length film about an underage sex trafficking victim in Las Vegas starring Sam Trammell (True Blood), Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars), Mike Doyle (Law & Order: SVU), Bre Blair (Las Vegas, The Baby-Sitters Club), Clarence Gilyard (Die Hard, Walker, Texas Ranger) and Missy Yager (Mad Men).  Official selection: Dances with Films 2016 and Las Vegas Film Festival 2016.  Winner Best Local Feature and Best First Time Feature Director at the Las Vegas Film Festival 2016.  The Track is currently being distributed by Indie Rights Movies and can be viewed on Amazon Prime.

 

TLC “Sister Wives”  |  March 2012-November 2013

 Reality Series

 Camera Operator. Shot in the field and supervised photography.

 

Stealing Valentino  |  September 2013

Screenplay.

Co-writer. Co-wrote feature length screenplay.  Second round Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab 2014 and Quarter Finalist in American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest 2013.  Participant in the Puglia Experience Screenwriter’s Workshop 2013.

 

Vegas PBS “Broadway in the Hood”  |  January - March 2013

Documentary. 

Camera Operator. Shot in the field and supervised photography.  Pacific Southwest Emmy Award nominee.

 

Just for Men  |  November 2012

Web Commercial. 

Field Producer/Cinematographer. Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

Passing the Torch of Remembrance  |  October 2012

Short Documentary.  

Executive Producer. Produced a short documentary with my UNLV documentary and editing students featuring local Holocaust survivors and their children. Pacific Southwest Student. Emmy Award winner.  Invited to be included on the United States Holocaust Museum website.

 

Animal Planet “Law on the Border”  |  April 2012

Docu-Drama Series.

Field Producer/Cinematographer.  Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

The Track  |  August - October 2011

Short Film.

Writer/Director/Editor. Wrote, directed and edited short film.  Official selection at the 2012 Boston International Film Festival, 2012 Sonoma International Film Festival, 2012 Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, 2012 Sun Valley Film Festival and 2012 Vegas Cine Fest.

 

Animal Planet “Country Justice”  |  May - November 2011

Docu-Drama Pilot.

Field Producer/Cinematographer. Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

MSNBC “Sex Slaves in America”  |  May - August 2010

News Series.

Assistant Editor. Digitized, logged, organized media, recorded voice over and cut sequences.

 

WE “Bridezillas”  | October 2008 - May 2010

Reality series.  

Field Producer/Cinematographer. Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

T-Mobile  |  July 2009

Web Content.  

Field Producer/Cinematographer. Produced and shot video for the T-mobile web site.

 

Greenpeace  |  June-July 2008, July 2009

Web Content.  

Director/Producer/Editor. Produced, directed, shot and edited four separate web videos for the Greenpeace website.

 

TLC “The Shift”  |  June 2009

Docu-Drama Series.

Producer/Director/Cinematographer. Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

MTV “Made”  |  March 2006/April - May 2008

Reality Series.

Producer/Director/Cinematographer. Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

A&E “The First 48”  |  July 2007 - September 2008

Docu-drama Series.

Field Producer/Cinematographer.  Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

The Lucky One  |  February - May 2007

Columbia University Thesis Film. 

Writer/Director. Thesis film for Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program.   Faculty Honors at the Columbia University Film Festival 2007.  Official Selection at the 2007 Temecula Valley Film Festival, 2007 Asheville Film Festival, 2007 Reel Women Intl Film Festival, 2008 Memphis Intl Film Festival, and 2008 Hoboken Intl Film Festival.

 

MTV “Step Up” Movie Special  |  July 2006

TV Special.

Segment Producer/Writer. Produced segments for show.  Researched, wrote and edited content of segments.

 

A&E “Flip This House”  |  June 2006

Reality Series.

Field Producer/Cinematographer. Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes. 

 

MTV “An Inconvenient Truth” Movie Special  |  April - May 2006

TV Special.

Producer/Director/Writer. Scripted, conducted interviews and edited content of show.  Oversaw budget and support staff.   Winner of Environmental Media Award 2006.

 

Painting Me In  |  September 2006

Feature Film.  35mm.

Director. Drama starring Stephen Baldwin and Dixie Carter.  Produced by the Isaac Group.

 

Lay Down, O.A.R.  |  January 2005

Music Video. 16mm.

Director. Won the opportunity to direct the video through a contest sponsored by MTVu and Atlantic Records.  Winner of a MTVu Woodie Award for Most Streamed Video 2006.

 

Crystal River  |  June - August 2005

Feature Film. 35mm.

Director. Drama starring Sean Patrick Flanery. Distributed by Lifesize Entertainment.

 

Snow Whites of Suburbia |  May 2005

Screenplay.

Writer.  Feature length screenplay about three best friends who enter the drug dealing industry posing as Avon ladies.  Winner of 2005 Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy Screenplay.

 

MTV “Diary”  |  August 2004 - January 2005/October - December 2005

Reality Series.

Director/Segment Producer/Cinematographer.  Scripted, shot, conducted interviews and edited content of show.

  • Shows worked on include: “Diary of Matthew Lilliard,” “Diary of Katie Holmes,” ”Diary of Omarion,” “Diary of Jessica Biel,” “Diary of Ryan Reynolds” and  ”Diary of Johnny Knoxville.”

 

MTV “My Super Sweet 16”  |  March-September 2005

Reality Series.

Field Producer/Cinematographer.  Produced, directed and shot in the field.  Conducted interviews, supervised photography, suggested themes, scouted locations, oversaw releases and field notes.

 

Being Reel  |  January 2004

Commercial.  35mm.

Writer/Director/Editor. Winner of the 2004 Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award.  Screened on over 21,000 screens across the country.  Honoree for Excellence in Student Filmmaking at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show.  Currently included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

 

VH1’s “25 Greatest Commercials”   |  May - August 2003

TV Special.

Segment Producer/Writer. Produced segments for show.   Researched, wrote and edited content of segments.

 

The Mayor’s Son  |  June 2003

Screenplay.

Writer. Feature length screenplay about a mayor’s son who runs against his father for mayor.  Second round Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab 2003.

 

91st Hour  |  May 2003

Short Film. DV.

Director/Editor.  

 

Tea in Purgatory  |  January 2002

Short Film. DV.

Director/Editor.  

 

All My Sisters Are Men  |  September 2001

Short Documentary.  DV. 

Director/Producer.  

 

MTV “True Life”  |  September 1998 - 2001

Documentary Series.

True Life Series Associate Producer.  Researched all elements of the show using Lexis Nexis, the Internet and the public library.  Participated in the casting of the show.  Scheduled and attended shoots, which included conducting interviews and shooting footage.  Coordinated post-production phase including assisting off-line Avid editor, oversaw on-line edit and sound mix.  Worked with the Standards & Practices and Right & Clearances departments to make sure that all elements are cleared for use in the show.  Maintained relations with Press and Promos departments.   Oversaw production assistants and interns assigned to show.  

  • Shows worked on include: “True Life: The Matthew Shepard Story,” “Sex in the 90’s XII: Fact or Fiction,” Loveline, “9 For the 90’s: 9 Days That Rocked the 90’s,” “9 For the 90’s: 9 Film Moments that Made the 90’s,” “Indie Film Special,” “True Life: I Am Driving While Black” (NAACP award winner), “Sex in the 90’s XIII: Generation Sex,” “True Life: I’m A Star At Sundance,” “True Life: I’m Going to Mardi Gras,” “The Journey of Dr. Dre,” “True Life: I’m A Cheerleader,” “True Life: I’m A Beauty Queen,” “True Life: I’m On Oxy” and “True Life: I’m An Urban Cheerleader.”

 

Survivors  |  June - August 1998

NYU Thesis Film. 16mm.

Producer/Writer/Director/Editor. Award winning short film about the corrupt underworld of the Manhattan private school system.  Official Selection at the 1999 Hamptons International Film Festival, 1999 Temecula Valley International Film Festival, 1999 CMJ FilmFest, 2000 Valleyfest and the New Filmmaker Series at Anthology Film Archives.  Recipient of the Warner Bros. Pictures Film Production Award, the Russell Hexter Filmmaker Award and the William Thomas Gidro-Frank Film Production Award. 

 

Recipe for Death  |  May 1996

Short Film. 16 mm.

Writer/Director/Editor

 

Death of Cinderella  |  January 1996

Short Film. 16mm.

Writer/Director/Editor.

 

Live With Regis and Kathie Lee  |  June - August 1996

New York, NY

Production Intern. Performed research for show segments, aided producers with the editing of segments.  Assisted celebrity guests in the studio and performed administrative responsibilities.  

 

The Dana Carvey Show  |  January - May 1996

New York, NY

Casting Intern. Assistant to casting director.  Handled all agency phone calls and assisted in the auditioning process.

 

The Tempest Show  |  December 1995 - February 1996

New York, NY

Production Intern. Researched show topics, assisted guests and performed administrative responsibilities.

 

Twentieth Century Fox, Schindler-Swerdlow Productions  |  June-August 1995

New York, NY

Development Intern. Read screenplays, plays and novels, and wrote reports that evaluated their dramatic and cinematic potential.

 

Cable 13  |  August - December 1995

Duke University. Student Broadcasting.

Associate Producer. Participated in casting, scriptwriting, scheduling, budgeting and soliciting of sponsors for the award-winning student created soap opera, “Ivy Tower”.

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS:

2020

UNLV CSUN Faculty Achievement Award

2020

UNLV Nominee for the Nevada Regents' Creative Activities Award

2019

Phi Kappa Phi Inductee

2019

Coca-Cola Regal Films Contest Social Media Award Winner (The Big Wish)

2017

2016-2017 SIROW Regional Scholar Award

2016

Winner Best Local Feature Las Vegas Film Festival (The Track)

2016

Winner Best First Time Feature Director Las Vegas Film Festival (The Track)

2015

UNLV Charles Vanda Award for Excellence in the Arts (The Track)

2014

UNLV Teaching Academy Fellow

2014

Quarter Finalist American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest (Stealing Valentino)

2014

Second Round Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab 2014 (Stealing Valentino)

2013

Participant in the Puglia Experience Screenwriter’s Workshop (Stealing Valentino)

2007

Faculty Honors at the Columbia University Film Festival

2006

Winner of MTVu Woodie Award for Most Streamed Video

2006

Winner of MTVu’s Breaking the Video Contest

2006

Winner of Environmental Media Award for MTV’s “Break the Addiction: An Inconvenient Truth”

2005

Honoree for Excellence in Student Filmmaking at Association of Independent 

Commercial Producers Show

2005

Winner of the Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy Screenplay

2005

Faculty Honors at Columbia University’s Screenplay Festival

2004

Winner Coca-Cola’s Refreshing Filmmaker Contest

2003

Second Round Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab (The Mayor’s Son)

1999

Winner of the Warner Bros. Pictures Film Production Award

1999

Winner of the Russell Hexter Filmmaker Award

1999

Winner of the William Thomas Gidro-Frank Film Production Award

1998

Recipient of New York University’s Founder’s Day Award

1997

Recipient of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation Scholarship

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS & CONFERENCES:

2016

Levner, B.  Panelist.  From Script to Stream: Case Histories in Film Content Creation.  University Film & Video Association Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

2016

Presented my feature film, “The Track.”  University Film & Video Association Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

2016

Presenter at UNLV’s Graduate College and GPSA Workshop: "Mysteries Unveiled: Logistics of Academic Job Interviewing, Negotiating an Offer and Transitioning into a Professorial Position."  University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.

2015

Key Speaker at Academic Affairs Presents the 2nd Annual Research Fair: “Overview of The Track and Student Collaboration.”  University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.

2015

UNLV Academic Achievement Gala.  Slide Scholar Showcase: “The Track: A Feature Film About Underage Sex Trafficking in Las Vegas.”  University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.

2015

Presented a work-in-progress of my feature film, “The Track.”  University Film & Video Association Conference, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

2014

Featured Speaker at the 6th Annual Student Affairs Conference.  University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.

2014

Presented an excerpt from my screenplay, “The Track.”  University Film & Video Association Conference, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

2013

Levner, B.  Exploring Stories of Success and Change: The Gender Landscape in the Film/TV Industry.  Panelist.  University Film & Video Association Conference, Chapman University, Orange, CA.

2012

Levner, B.  Leaving Final Cut Studio, But When And To What?  Paper presented at the University Film & Video Association Conference, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Nevada Women’s Film Collective Board

  • University Film and Video Association (UFVA)

  • Jewish Studies Experts Board, Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project

  • UNLV Women’s Council

  • Women in Entertainment and Media, Las Vegas, NV

UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

The Write Stuff Contest Judge

2021

UNLV Faculty Center Mentor

2020 - 2021

Sound Professor Hiring Committee Chair

2019 - 2020

UNLV College of Fine Arts Day at the Legislature

2019

Professor David Schmoeller Retirement Party Organizer

2019

UNLV Creates Featured Speaker

2018

Cinematography Professor Hiring Committee

2017

Coca-Cola Regal Films Program College Contact

2017 - 2020

UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Personnel Committee

2017 - 2021

Theater Chair Hiring Committee

2016

Volunteer at Major Madness

2016

Screenwriting Professor Hiring Committee

2015

Participant in Culminating Experience Workshop

2015

Jewish Research and Education Advisory Group for the Southern Nevada Jewish

Heritage Community Digital Project sponsored by UNLV Libraries

2014 - Present

Co-Moderator at UNLV’s 4th Annual Public Interest Law Film Festival

2013 - 2014

UNLV Spring Flicks Judge

2012 -  2016

Producer of UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame Video

2012 - Present

UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Curriculum Committee

2012 - 2015

UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Bylaws Committee

2012 - 2014

UNLV 48 Hour Film Festival Judge

2011 - 2012

Creator and Academic Advisor of UNLV student organization, Cinefemmes

2011 - Present

Brendan Award Judge

2011 - Present

Oversaw recreation of UNLV Film Department website and updates

2011 - Present

Graduate Thesis Committees (Various)

2011 - Present

Independent Studies (Various)

2011 - Present

OTHER SERVICE:

Nevada 95 Art Contest Judge

2021

Judge at 48 Hour Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV

2016

Adobe Creative Jams Judge, Las Vegas, NV

2016

Juror at Las Vegas Film Festival

2014

Recruited at College Fair at Las Vegas Academy

2013

Recruited at Southern Highlands Prep School

2013

Recruited at Foothill High School

2013

Broadcast Education Association Faculty Video Film Festival Judge

2012 - 2013