Documentary, Film, Scripted, Television

Ep 108: My Job is to Make Sure the Creative Ends Up on the Screen.

In this episode, I break it down with Monica Levinson, an accomplished film and TV producer who has worked in a variety of genres. Monica’s productions have received both popular and critical acclaim, including “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “Wander Darkly,” “Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Trumbo,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Bruno,” and “Zoolander.” Recently, Monica co-directed her first feature, a documentary about her own family that she also produced called “The Stories of Us.” 

Join us, as Monica and I talk about her early jobs on Ron Howard’s “The Paper” and Alan Pakula’s “Pelican Brief,” getting arrested on the set of “Borat,” and joining Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force full time. From producing films without a lot of resources, to having to know a guy… or a gal, Monica and I discuss working with Al Pacino, why “Lars and the Real Girl” is her favorite film, and her mantra: “My job is to make sure the creative ends up on the screen. My approach is to never say no and think through the process.”