Bio and CV

Kate Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist. She received her Master in Fine Arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She has exhibited her lens-based work and screened films internationally. Levy's work has been featured on Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report and CNN. In 2015 she worked with investigative journalist Curt Guyette and the ACLU of Michigan to bring light to the Flint Water Crisis.  For her work she won the 2016 Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Media Activist Award. She is working on a documentary and citizen journalism archive project about access to affordable water in Michigan, Levy also contributes to the We the People Community Research Collaborative-- a community-based multimedia mapping project about the effects of austerity and water, land and education. She teaches at Wayne State University. 


2013 - M.F.A. Advanced Photographic Studies | ICP-Bard | New York

2007 - B.A. Visual Arts | Naropa University | Boulder, CO

2002-2004 - Sarah Lawrence College | Bronxville | NY

Solo Exhibitions 

The Fate of The Machinery | 9338 Campau | Hamtramck, Michigan | September 2015 

Dinner | Site Specific Installation | Ortega Y Gasset Projects | Bushwick | 2013

All I Have is This Shovel | ICP-Bard MFA Thesis Exhibition | Long Island City | 2013

Reframing the Homo | tHERe | Denver | 2011

Necessary Objects | Lincoln Gallery, Naropa University | Boulder | 2010

Group Exhibitions

Time Moves in One Direction, Memory Another | Wayne State University, 2016

Re:Formation | The Gallery Project | Toledo, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2016

Porous Borders | Hamtramck, Michigan, 2015

This House Is... | Cass Corridor Commons | Detroit Michigan, 2015

From All Sides | The Bureau | Detroit, Michigan, 2015

The Kidnapped Children of Detroit | 9338 Campau | Hamtramck, Michigan, 2014

Water Show | 555 Gallery | Detroit | Michigan, 2014

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy | International Center of Photography and Museum of the City of New York | Governer’s Island | 2013

Camera Club New York Online Exhibition | New York | 2013

Enter From Above | International Center of Photography| New York | 2013

Artists of Mackinac | Crooked Tree Arts Center | Petoskey, MI | 2012 

CPAC Members Exhibition | Denver Public Library | 2011

Artists of Mackinac | Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum | Mackinac Island | 2011

Double Diptych  | Vertigo Gallery | Denver | 2011

Selected Film Screenings

Here’s to Flint

Loyola University Climate Change Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2017

Seattle Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle, WA, 2016

Big Mini Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 2016

Troubled Waters: Union for Democratic Communications Conference: Wayne State University, September 2016

NAACP, Grosse Pointe, MI

Premiere: Woodside Church, Flint, MI, March 2016

I Do Mind Dying work-in-progress screenings:

-National Lawyers Guild Michigan Chapter, December 2016

-Detroit Public Library, December 2015

-Oakland University, March 2015

-University of Michigan, Dearborn, March 2015

-Popps Packing, Detroit, March 2015

-Crisis Mirror, December 2014

-Bronx Documentary Center, September 2014

-Detroit African World Festival, August 2014

-Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, August 2014

Selected Panels and Presentations

Constitution Day, College for Creative Studies, September 2016

Allied Media Conference, 2015, 2016

City as Health Policy Conference, Rutgers University, May 2016

The Irresistible Resistance, The New School, April 2016

University of Michigan, School of Social Work, February 2016

Wayne State University, Detroit Equity Action Lab, February 2016

Selected Press

Rakia, Raven “The Real Heros of the Flint Water Crisis,” Grist, January 20, 2016

Teoldi, Alessandro, “An Interview with Kate Levy,” Paper Journal, November 2015

Sharp, Sarah Rose, "A Family Auction House's Rise and Fall as a Microhistory of Detroit, Hyperallergic, October 2015

Jackman, Michael, “More Bad News for Poor People’s Access to Water,” MetroTimes, August 5, 2015 

Felton, Ryan, “ACLU documentary dives into Flint’s water woes,” MetroTimes, June 25, 2015 

Lengel, Allan, “ACLU Produces Documentary on Flint’s Smelly, Brown Water,” June 25, 2015, Deadline Detroit.

Kafafian, Levon, “Making Sounds and Spreading Truth with Kate Levy of Detroit Homeland Security,” Porous Borders, May 16, 2015

Afterwater, October 2015

Felton, Ryan, “Another side of ‘The Albert,’” Metro Times, April 1, 2014

Zaniewski, Ann, “DPS board votes to get rid of emergency manager,” Detroit Free Press,  September 29, 2014.

“Suburbanites’ Advice on Water Shutoffs: Don’t Stay in Shower for 3 Hours,” Michigan Citizen, June 25, 2014

WATCH: Detroit Water Shutoffs documentary,” Michigan Citizen, July 3, 2014

“Buckets and Balance Sheets,” Michigan Citizen, July 10, 2014

Marks, Betram, “Clean, Safe Water is a Necessity, not a Privlege,” Michigan Chronicle, 2014

Jeffries, Zenobia, “‘The fight for Oakman School’ in Detroit,” Michigan Citizen, September 24, 2014 

Kassem, Julia, “Documentary Screening on Campus Raises Awareness.” Michigan Journal, March 24, 2015 

Wylie-Kellermann, Bill, “Gentrification: Can We Have a Real Conversation?” Metro Times.

Multimedia Journalism

Muslim and Jewish Families Deliver Holiday Gifts, Fusion Media, December 2016

Resisting Gentrification in the North End, All Def Music, November 2016

“Exclusive Report: How Long Did Flint’s County Jail Inmates Drink Poisoned Water,” Democracy Now!, February 4, 2016

“Detroit Student: I want to be able to go to school without worrying about being bitten by mice,” Democracy Now!, January 21, 2016

“Disorder in the Court,” ACLU of Michigan, December 17, 2015

“Circle of Lies,” ACLU of Michigan, October 29, 2015

“Thirst for Truth: Who’s to Blame for the Flint Water Crisis?,, October 31, 2015

Structural Flaws: How the Costs of Capital Improvements Overburden Michigan’s School Districts, “ACLU of Michigan, October 21, 2015

“Corrosive Impact: Leaded Water and One Family’s Toxic Nightmare,”ACLU of Michigan, September 10, 2015

“Hard to Swallow: Toxic Water in a Toxic System,” ACLU of Michigan, June 25, 2015

“When the Water Runs Dry: Voices from the Detroit Water Crisis,” August 2014

Commissioned Multimedia Projects

Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center 25th Anniversary Retrospective

Let There Be Light Campaign, Soulardarity, Highland Park, Michigan

Take tha House Back  Official Music Video

Holding Down the Fort: Seniors’ Perspectives of Belonging in a Changing Detroit, Senior Housing Preservation—Detroit Coalition, Released April 2016

Built and Rebuilt: A Detroit School of Arts Story, Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative, Wayne State University, Released 2016

Here’s to Flint, ACLU of Michigan, Released March 2016

Stories of Detroiters Resisting Housing Displacement, United Community Housing Coalition, Web-based multimedia, 2015

Organizational and Curatorial

Art and Activism Speaker Series, Wayne State, Fall 2016

Advisory Team, Detroit Narrative Agency

Member, We the People of Detroit Community Research Council

Co-Editor/Book Designer, Memories Can’t Wait: Conversations on Accessing History and Archives through Artistic Practices (New York: ICP and CCS Bard, September 2013).

Co-Organizer | Memories Can’t Wait, a two-day Symposium at the International Center of Photography | New York | December, 2012

Photographer Interviews | Daylight Magazine | 2011-2013

Curator and Organizer | Spaces Between Trees | Contemporary Art Exhibition in the Arapahoe National Forest | Nederland, CO | 2007

Public Collections

HyundaiCard Design Library | Seoul | 2013

Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum | Mackinac Island | 2012


2016 Wayne State University | Art and Activism | Service Learning Course

2016 CreateNED and Allied Media Projects | Photo/Video for Community Members

2014-2015 Wayne State University | Digital Imaging I; Digital Imaging 2

2013-2015 School of the International Center of Photography | Continuing Education Department

2013 Prescott College | Documentary Strategies and Citizen Journalism |  Narok, Kenya |

2012-2013 International Center of Photography | Museum Educator | 2011-2012

2008-2009 Mackinac Island Public School | K-12 Visual Arts Teacher | 2008-2009

Awards and Grants

Docs Without Borders Film Festival Official Selection, 2017

Free Speech Film Festival Official Selection, 2016

Best Documentary Feature, Big Mini Film Festival, 2016

MCHR Media Activist Award, 2016

Midwest Environmental Justice Network Media Team Grant | $20,000 | In Process

SFAI Water Rights Residency (declined)

Metabolic Studio | Detroit Water Film | $10,000, 2015

ICP-Bard Director’s Scholarship Recipient | 2011, 2012