Gary Leva

Filmmaker and film historian Gary Leva has distinguished himself as the creative force behind scores of documentaries, broadcast programs and Special Features, many of them focused on the cinematic arts. His feature documentary, Fog City Mavericks, which highlights 100 years in the history of San Francisco's vibrant filmmaking community, had its world premiere at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival prior to its continuing life on cable television and disc. Leva's documentaries have made a lasting contribution to the history of film. His award- winning A Legacy of Filmmakers premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and received a New York Film Society screening at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum. This documentary illuminates the creation of Francis Ford Coppola's landmark film company American Zoetrope, set against the changing landscape of American cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film is now a part of the curricula at several top universities. Leva's celebrated documentaries on the cinema of George Lucas span the entire range of Lucas' career, from his earliest student films to his first feature, THX 1138, to the Star Wars series and beyond. His collections of documentaries on filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood and Stanley Kubrick are often regarded as the top anthology on each of these master's works. Having earned a distinguished reputation as a leader in his field, Leva continues to work with the top filmmakers of our time, ...

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Artifact from the Future: The Making of 'THX 1138' (2004)

The Making of feature for the George Lucas movie 'THX 1138'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  Matthew Robbins

The Making of feature for the George Lucas movie 'THX 1138'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Walter Murch  •  Matthew Robbins

North by Northwest: One for the Ages (2009)

A discussion of North by Northwest, and its influence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Curtis Hanson  •  Guillermo del Toro  •  William Friedkin  •  Francis Lawrence

A discussion of North by Northwest, and its influence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Curtis Hanson  •  Guillermo del Toro  •  William Friedkin  •  Francis Lawrence

The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style (2009)

Documentary that features interviews with Martin Scorsese, Curtis Hanson, Francis Lawrence, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro, John Carpenter and others as they discuss the films and style of the Master of Suspense.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Alfred Hitchcock  •  Francis Lawrence  •  William Friedkin  •  Guillermo del Toro

Documentary that features interviews with Martin Scorsese, Curtis Hanson, Francis Lawrence, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro, John Carpenter and others as they discuss the films and style of the Master of Suspense.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Alfred Hitchcock  •  Francis Lawrence  •  William Friedkin  •  Guillermo del Toro

Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006)

Film Noir burrows into the mind; it's disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity, providing intimate peeks at its tough, scheming dames, mischievous misfits and flawed men - all caught in the wicked web of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  John Alton  •  Drew Casper  •  Roger Deakins  •  John Debney

Film Noir burrows into the mind; it's disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity, providing intimate peeks at its tough, scheming dames, mischievous misfits and flawed men - all caught in the wicked web of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  John Alton  •  Drew Casper  •  Roger Deakins  •  John Debney

One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper (2015)

Join director Clint Eastwood and his creative team, along with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, as they overcome enormous creative and logistic obstacles to make a film that brings the truth of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's story to the screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Bradley Cooper  •  Sienna Miller  •  Jason Hall  •  Clint Eastwood

Join director Clint Eastwood and his creative team, along with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, as they overcome enormous creative and logistic obstacles to make a film that brings the truth of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's story to the screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Bradley Cooper  •  Sienna Miller  •  Jason Hall  •  Clint Eastwood

Gone With The Wind: The Legend Lives On (2009)

This featurette discusses why the film is still so important. Also discusses “Windies”, the GWTW fan club. New for the 70th anniversary release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
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This featurette discusses why the film is still so important. Also discusses “Windies”, the GWTW fan club. New for the 70th anniversary release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
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Super Heros United! The Complete Justice League History (2008)

This documentary tells the rich, 47-year history of DC Comics' favorite team of characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern and The Flash. Lavishly illustrated with comic panels and animated clips, the film features interviews with icons ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Alan Kistler  •  Jimmy Palmiotti  •  Michael Uslan  •  Mark Waid

This documentary tells the rich, 47-year history of DC Comics' favorite team of characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern and The Flash. Lavishly illustrated with comic panels and animated clips, the film features interviews with icons ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Alan Kistler  •  Jimmy Palmiotti  •  Michael Uslan  •  Mark Waid

Fog City Mavericks (2007)

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco is a compelling exploration of the legendary filmmakers who call the San Francisco Bay Area home including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Chris Columbus and producer Saul Zaentz. The special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  John Lasseter  •  Sofia Coppola

The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007)

A look at the visual design of the film The Shining (1980).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Janusz Kamiński  •  Caleb Deschanel  •  Sydney Pollack  •  John Baxter

A look at the visual design of the film The Shining (1980).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Janusz Kamiński  •  Caleb Deschanel  •  Sydney Pollack  •  John Baxter

View from the Overlook: Crafting 'The Shining' (2007)

An overview of the making of, and a look at the continuing popularity of, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Jan Harlan  •  Paul Duncan  •  John Baxter

An overview of the making of, and a look at the continuing popularity of, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Jan Harlan  •  Paul Duncan  •  John Baxter

Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange (2007)

In this documentary, we follow Stanley Kubrick as he creates one of the most controversial films of all time, one that retains its power to shock audiences, even after 35 years. At the time of its release, A Clockwork Orange created a firestorm of controversy. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
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In this documentary, we follow Stanley Kubrick as he creates one of the most controversial films of all time, one that retains its power to shock audiences, even after 35 years. At the time of its release, A Clockwork Orange created a firestorm of controversy. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
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Lost Kubrick: The Unfinished Films of Stanley Kubrick (2007)

He is considered by many the greatest film director the medium has ever known. Yet in a 45-year career, Stanley Kubrick's films number only a dozen. That he strove for perfection is well established. What is less known is that he lavished years of energy on several ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Sydney Pollack  •  Jan Harlan

He is considered by many the greatest film director the medium has ever known. Yet in a 45-year career, Stanley Kubrick's films number only a dozen. That he strove for perfection is well established. What is less known is that he lavished years of energy on several ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Sydney Pollack  •  Jan Harlan

A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope (2004)

A fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio founded by director Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Robert Dalva  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Steven Spielberg

A fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio founded by director Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Robert Dalva  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Steven Spielberg

Reimagining Rodan (2019)

A look at the newest version of one of Godzilla's greatest rivals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty

A look at the newest version of one of Godzilla's greatest rivals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty

Monsters are Real (2019)

Why does the fear of monsters resonate in every culture and civilization around the globe? Take a deep dive into the chilling world of our primal fears, a world where the myths and legends of history are not merely fairy tales, but proof of reality. Meet real-life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty

Why does the fear of monsters resonate in every culture and civilization around the globe? Take a deep dive into the chilling world of our primal fears, a world where the myths and legends of history are not merely fairy tales, but proof of reality. Meet real-life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty

Creating Ghidorah (2019)

A look at the newest version of one of Godzilla's greatest rivals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty  •  Richard Dorton  •  Jason Liles  •  Alan Maxson

A look at the newest version of one of Godzilla's greatest rivals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty  •  Richard Dorton  •  Jason Liles  •  Alan Maxson

Making Mothra (2019)

A look at one of the greatest monsters in the Godzilla universe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty  •  Scott Chambliss

A look at one of the greatest monsters in the Godzilla universe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty  •  Scott Chambliss

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Godzilla 2.0 (2019)

A look at the newest version of one of cinema's greatest monsters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty  •  T.J. Storm

A look at the newest version of one of cinema's greatest monsters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Michael Dougherty  •  T.J. Storm

Plan B (1997)

A group of friends in their 20s and 30s wrestle with the fact that their lives haven't turned out like they planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Jon Cryer  •  Lisa Darr  •  Lance Guest

A group of friends in their 20s and 30s wrestle with the fact that their lives haven't turned out like they planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Jon Cryer  •  Lisa Darr  •  Lance Guest

By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X (2005)

A short documentary about the making of Spike Lee's biopic, 'Malcolm X'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Spike Lee  •  Ernest R. Dickerson  •  Ossie Davis

A short documentary about the making of Spike Lee's biopic, 'Malcolm X'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Spike Lee  •  Ernest R. Dickerson  •  Ossie Davis
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