We are pleased to announce that director Sasha Levinson has joined our roster for Canadian representation.
Sasha began her directorial career in 2001 with a music video for Cake’s song “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”, which was nominated for an MTV award. From there, she moved on to direct high profile music videos for artists like Michelle Williams, Play and Jessica Simpson with a long form project for Target, which led her into the commercial arena.
Since then, Sasha has directed spots for Target, Diet Coke, Payless, The Home Depot, JC Penney and KSWISS. She’s won numerous ADDYS and collaborated with celebrities such as Alan Cumming, Molly Sims, Patricia Field, Bernie Williams and Eddie Izzard, directing him in several webisodes of Fox TV’s The Ritches.
She co-wrote the screenplay and was the second unit director on the feature film, The Bad Penny (2010) (Tom Arnold, Bai Ling, Josh Randall). Photography continues to be a great source of inspiration for Sasha and she recently had her first images published in the Vogue / Rizzoli book, Stylist.
A fan of storytelling, Sasha recently completed a short film titled “One Day in America”. While location scouting for a Blue Cross Blue Shield spot, she stumbled across the wonderful small town of Cross Plains, Tennessee and immediately connected with many of the people she met there on her day off. She brought her Bolex camera out with the expectation of shooting the town’s annual Christmas parade but, throughout the day, people invited her into their homes and businesses and let her film them. Sasha later found the song, “Song For A Friend” by Pieta Brown, and the music went so perfectly with the imagery that she requested permission from Brown to use the song. Both Pieta Brown and the town of Cross Plains are so pleased with the film that they have been promoting it since its completion this past November.
A New York native, Sasha began her career while still in film school, as a feature film Costume Designer working on a unique variety of acclaimed films including Karen Shaknazarov’s American Daughter, Hong Kong action titan Ringo Lam’s The Adventurers, Dream for an Insomniac (Jennifer Aniston, Ione Skye, Mackenzie Astin) and Joyride (Tobey Maguire, Benicio Del Toro). Sasha’s strong production sense caught the attention of award winning director Jamie Caliri who asked her to produce for him. Sasha then produced music videos for The Eels, Marcy Playground, 50 cent and P Diddy before moving into directing.
Here’s her short film “One Day in America”.