About Hazel Pictures

New York City-based and founded in 2017 by industry veteran Beth Levison,, Hazel Pictures produces timely, character-driven, and award-winning documentary films, delivering them to screens big and small. We look for films that feature compelling subjects, unique stories and strong creative teams. Dedicated to our filmmakers, we bring focus, versatility and three decades of industry experience to elevate every stage of the filmmaking process - from development to distribution.  

About beth Levison

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Beth Levison is an Emmy and Peabody-winning producer/director. She is also a co-founder of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA), a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) and producing faculty with the SVA MFA program in Social Documentary Film. 

Levison’s most recent film, which she directed and produced alongside director/DP Jerry Risius, is Storm Lake, about Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Art Cullen, and his family’s efforts to unite and inform their Iowan farming town through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times—at the very same time that the paper hangs on by a thread. The film is premiering at the prestigious 2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, poised for a robust festival run worldwide, and the anchor of a national impact campaign designed to help sustain the future of local news. Her previous film, Women in Blue, which she produced, offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), chronicling a department—and a community—grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May of 2020. The film reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and explores whether increased gender equity and more women —especially women of color— contribute to greater public safety. It was a 2020 Tribeca Film Festival selection and premiered on PBS’ Independent Lens in early 2021. Prior to that, Levison produced the Emmy-nominated and AFI DOCS opening-night film Personal Statement (PBS 2018), Emmy-nominated Made in Boise (Independent Lens season opener, 2019), and prior to Hazel Pictures’ formation, 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide, (HBO 2017) and The Trials of Spring (PBS 2019), a cross-media project including a feature-length documentary and six shorts. Her documentary directorial/producorial debut LEMON (PBS 2011) was shown at some 40 festivals around the world and selected by the State Department’s American Film Showcase. 

When Beth is not producing or helping to strengthen the field of independent film, she enjoys playing backyard badminton, biking, and Scrabble. She is also world famous for her holiday spiced nuts.