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Documentary Film
Media-Based Organizing
Storytelling with Legal and Advocacy Organizations
Video Journalism
Music Video
    In Progress | 2019
  • Water Stories
    In Progress | 2019
  • Here’s to Flint
    American Civil Liberties Union | 2016 |
    43 minutes + four 5-minute shorts
  • Because They Could
    Wayne State University +
    We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective |
    2014-2017 | multiple productions
  • Midwest Environmental Justice Network
    MEJN | 2016 | Multiple Productions
  • These Iraqi Christians voted for Trump. He’s deporting their son
    AJ+ | 2017 | 2 minutes
  • I Do Mind Dying
    2014-2017 | 50 minutes + online database
  • Let there Be Light
    Soulardarity | 2016
    web-based storytelling project
  • Holding Down the Fort
    Senior Housing Preservation Coalition | 2016 | 12 minutes
  • Take tha House Back
    Detroit Recordings | 2015 | Music Video
  • Detroit Student: I Want to Go to School without Being Afraid of the Mice
    Democracy Now | 2016 | 5 minutes
  • North End Detroit Loves Hip Hop: Resisting Gentrification
    AllDef | 2016 | 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Sugar Law Center
    Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center | 2017 | 11 min
  • How Long Did Flint Inmates Drink Contaminated Water
    Democracy Now | 2016 | 5 minutes
  • Structural Flaws
    ACLU of Michigan | 2015 | Photoessay and Media Slideshow
  • Detroiters Resisting Home Displacement
    United Community Housing Coalition +
    Michigan Legal Services | 2015 | Online Story Map
  • Thousands are struggling to pay for water
    Fusion (Gizmodo) | 2017 | 4 minutes
  • Rise Together Detroit



Kate Levy is Detroit and NYC-based documentary filmmaker, lens-based artist, journalist and media activist. She received her Master in Fine Arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013 for advanced photographic practices. She has produced short and feature length documentaries, storytelling platforms, news features, music videos and campaign media in collaboration with legal advocacy organizations, scholars, block clubs, community organizers, investigative journalists, universities, high school students and other artists. Her work spans topics such as water rights, evictions, gentrification, environmental justice, senior low-income housing, new economies, community benefits, and immigrant rights. Her work has been screened at film festivals and for audiences internationally. She is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow. 



As a freelance filmmaker, photographer and journalist, I have produced investigative and character-driven stories for outlets such as Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, Reuters, NowThis, Fusion and AllDef.

Freelance Documentary Director, Cinematographer, Still Photographer, Editor, and Producer

I have worked on film projects as a cinematographer, editor and creative producer. My films have been screened at film festivals, universities and community spaces, for mainstream audiences, academic and professionals across the country.

Storytelling with Legal and Advocacy Organizations

Stories of legal battles, and the voices of your clients, especially those whose claims are related to human and civil rights, cannot always be fully expressed by written word or courtroom storytelling alone. I work with lawyers and legal aid organizations to craft digestible stories and lasting documentation for public and courtroom audiences, about the work of legal organizations. Previous and current clients and collaborators include: State Appellate Defenders Office of Michigan, American Civil Liberties Union, Michigan Legal Services, Community Legal Services Philly, United Community Housing Coalition, and the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center


I believe that film subjects can have agency in telling their own stories. I also believe that producing a film is an opportunity to bring people together, an act of community organizing in itself. I work with grassroots organizations, non-profits, universities, and advocacy groups to facilitate participatory development of stunning and effective multimedia narratives in pursuit of a more just society. My collaborators and supporters have included Wayne State University, National Coalition for Legislation on Affordable Water, Metabolic Studios, Midwest Environmental Justice Network, Allied Media Projects, Detroit Narrative Agency, and Soulardarity.

Client Testimonials

Kate Levy is able to humanize a very complex and painful issue to the broader community. She does it with heart and a unique lens. Rashida Tlaib, Former State Representative and Current US Congressional Candidate
Kate Levy’s work exceeded our expectations in all respects. She’s a pleasure to work with, but more importantly works hard to find the core of the subject she is documenting, spending countless hours to uncover the story beneath the surface.
John Philo, Executive Director, Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center
What we love most about her is how she gets into her work like a musician gets into performing. All of the musicians know her work and everyone involved encouraged her to get on stage with us and shoot while we were performing. The resulting images are what happens when a great photographer is invited to join great musicians.
Mary McGuire
I worked with Kate and a team from Senior Housing Preservation – Detroit on a video designed to establish an awareness and a call to action on behalf of low income elderly living in Midtown and Downtown Detroit. From a creative standpoint, I worked with Kate from concept through interviews and editing. She certainly has an excellent eye, but she also complements the editorial process with insight and well-placed comments/questions. The finished product has been well-received and has been shown many times in the course of our advocacy work at Authority Health.Dennis Archambault, Authority Health Wayne County
Kate was great–proactive and responsive. The video looked good and was delivered at our standards.
Catherine Koppel, Reuters
Having worked closely with Kate on many occasions, I can say with certainty that she is a tireless worker who brings high energy, tremendous creativity, uncompromised ethical standards, a spirit of cooperation, intense commitment to community, and a core belief in egalitarianism to every project.
Curt Guyette Investigative Reporter, ACLU of Michigan
Kate is always involved in the most interesting stories and usually has been for months before you ever heard about them. She is an experienced and talented documentary filmmaker. She’s one of the few people who aren’t afraid to show where they stand on an issue and her work is better because of it.Nick Hayes, Means of Production
Kate Levy is truly a very gifted filmmaker and producer. Her passion, creativity and ability to capture raw truth is amazing as she with allows the victims of injustice to tell our stories. Aliya Moore, Detroit Public Schools Parent and Activist
Kate is a talented visual story teller. From planning to filming to editing she is passionate and committed to excellence.Sofia Nelson, Attorney, State Appellate Defenders Office
Kate was in constant communication and kept the producer updated. She has a good sense of getting different shots needed for editing.
Euna Lee, Gizmodo
Kate is really knowledgeable in not only technical film making, but also emotional film making. If you need someone to visually display the emotion of you story, this is your person.Desmond Love, Documentary Filmmaker