After studying film at Brown University + The University of Paris-Michelet with French New Wave director Eric Rohmer, Sam Levy began his career as an apprentice to legendary cinematographer Harris Savides.
Sam first 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.
He went on to shoot Frances Ha, Mistress America and While We’re Young for director Noah Baumbach, Changers and Frank Ocean's Blonded 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, was 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 for director Greg Mottola 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.