Mark A. Levinson is an American film director. He directed the 2013 documentary Particle Fever and the 2019 documentary The Bit Player.
Levinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Brown University. He received a Ph.D in Physics in 1983 at the University of California, Berkeley.[citation needed ] Thereafter, he moved into a career in film and television.
Serving as director of Particle Fever, Levinson told the story of the experimental discovery of the Higgs boson. The film covers the scientific process and the scientists behind the research. He wanted to show science in a realistic and appealing way. In 2007, he met with future co-producer David Kaplan, who had been toying with the idea for a science documentary on the Large Hadron Collider.
He served in various sound production roles, including ADR supervisor in various films and television shows, with 39 credits from 1988 to 2013, including Se7en, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain and House of Cards.
He is the writer/producer/director of the documentary film Prisoner of Time, which examined the lives of former Russian dissident artists after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The film was acclaimed during its premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival.
He is working on a film adaptation of Richard Powers' novel The Gold Bug Variations.
In 2019, in partnership with the IEEE Information Theory Society, he completed a documentary The Bit Player about Claude Shannon, "The Father of Information Theory."