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Jonathan Levin - Director and editor
Jonathan Levin is an independent filmmaker and video producer based in New York City. His primary interest is in documentary work focusing on issues of social justice. He also produces corporate, promotional, educational, and other types of video projects.
Levin completed Meeting Face to Face in 2006, a half-hour documentary about a tour of the U.S. by six Iraqi labor leaders and the realities of life under military occupation for everyday Iraqi working people. His first documentary Never The Same (2003), about the physical and mental health crisis faced by thousands of World Trade Center disaster responders, was screened in the U.S. Congress in June 2005 at a special event hosted by Senator Hillary Clinton and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. In 2004, he worked as editor and co-producer on the U.S. release of Bush Family Fortunes, a film directed by, and also featuring, BBC-TV reporter and author Greg Palast.
Levin continues to shoot, edit, and direct various projects for labor, public health, educational, and other organizations.
Michael Zweig - Executive Producer
Michael Zweig is Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and is the founder and director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life. His most recent books are What’s Class Got to Do with It: American Society in the Twenty-first Century (Cornell University Press, 2004), and The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret (Cornell University Press, 2000). Meeting Face to Face is his first film.
Professor Zweig received his PhD in economics in 1967 from the University of Michigan where, as an undergraduate, he was a founding member of Students for A Democratic Society (SDS), and as a graduate student helped found the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE). He has a long history of social activism combined with scholarly work and has published widely in professional and general circulation journals, including The American Economic Review, The American Economist, Labor Notes, The Nation, New Labor Forum, The Review of Black Political Economy, and Tikkun. His earlier books include Religion and Economic Justice and The Idea of a World University.
Professor Zweig is active in his union, United University Professions (Local 2190, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO), representing over 31,000 faculty and professional staff throughout SUNY, and has served two terms on its state executive board. He represents UUP on the national steering committee of U.S. Labor Against the War. He lives with his wife in New York City and on the North Fork of eastern Long Island, where he has been named "Citizen of the Year" by The Suffolk Times for his writing and community organizing around issues of planning, zoning, and land use.