Sam Levy is an American cinematographer.
After studying filmmaking with Leslie Thornton at Brown University and French New Wave director Eric Rohmer at The University of Paris-Michelet, Sam became an apprentice to legendary cinematographer Harris Savides.
He gained recognition as a cinematographer when he photographed Wendy and Lucy for director Kelly Reichardt - voted "One of the Best 25 Films of the 21st Century” by The New York Times.
Sam went on to shoot Frances Ha, Mistress America and While We’re Young for director Noah Baumbach, CHANGERS and Frank Ocean Summer for director Spike Jonze, Sermon on The Mount for director Jerrod Carmichael, Maggie’s Plan for director Rebecca Miller and Green Porno for Isabella Rossellini.
Sam also photographed Lady Bird for writer/director Greta Gerwig - nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and winner of The Golden Globe for Best Picture.
MAYDAY, a new film which Sam photographed, is also his debut as producer. It was written and directed by Karen Cinorre and stars Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth and Juliette Lewis. MAYDAY won Best Cinematography at The Raindance Film Festival in London.
Other new films include Rothaniel for director Bo Burnham, Confess, Fletch and She Came To Me for director Rebecca Miller.
Sam has also shot music videos and commercials for directors such as Spike Jonze, Jonah Hill, Kanye West, Mark Romanek and Fredrik Bond among many others.