The Film Connection is proud to welcome the husband-and-wife team of producer Judi and writer/director Ben Lewin to our team of mentors! Their production company, Such Much Films in Santa Monica, California, recently released the acclaimed feature film The Sessions (starring Helen Hunt and John H. Macy), which received two Golden Globe nominations, an Oscar nomination and multiple film festival awards, including a jury prize at Sundance. (Check out the film trailer here) Such Much Films has more than a dozen projects in development, so their new apprentices will have plenty of opportunities to assist on everything from screenplay coverage to marketing to shooting.
Here’s a bit more about Judi Levine and Ben Lewin from their website:
Born in Melbourne, Judi Levine began her producing career in Australia after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in film and drama, and then working her way up the production ladder. In addition to producing in her homeland, Levine’s work has taken her to France and England, and to Los Angeles where she has been living for almost two decades. Levine has been associated with award-winning film projects since her first short feature Plead Guilty, Get A Bond which won an AFI award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film. Her other producing credits include the critically acclaimed comedy feature Paperback Romance starring Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carides and the documentary Hollywood Gold which was made for The Discovery Channel and is a wry insider’s look at the jewelry trade of Beverly Hills and Hollywood that guarantees audiences will never view the Oscars the same way again.
Levine’s most recent feature film The Sessions won numerous international awards including Audience Awards at the 2012 Sundance, San Sebastian and Mill Valley Film Festivals. In addition, the film won a Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2013, the lead cast of The Sessions also garnered two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Actress, as well as two Golden Globe nominations in the same categories and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Ben Lewin’s career as a writer and director is spread across three continents and includes award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV movies, miniseries and episodic programs. Born in Poland in 1946, he migrated to Australia with his family in 1949. As a young man, Lewin showed great passion for photography and creative writing, and also studied and practiced law. He left his work as a criminal barrister when he was offered a scholarship to the National Film School in England. After graduating, he joined BBC Television as a director on the Nationwide program, followed by other documentary and current affairs programs for Thames, Granada and Channel Four Television. His breakthrough project as a writer/director was The Case of Cruelty to Prawns, a comedy-drama that won the Best Television Film Award at the prestigious Melbourne Film Festival.