Sundance Interview with Sam Levy, Cinematographer of “Mayday”

Hannah Tran

February 4, 2021

Frances Ha, Mistress America, Lady Bird and Wendy and Lucy … of course, I am referring to the work of some of our greatest living directors: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, and Kelly Reichardt. More specifically, I am referring to the wonderful characters at the center of them, women whose everyday struggles are met with determination, charm, confusion, humor and creativity. These are women who were seminal to my upbringing, far beyond film. This last week, I had the pleasure to speak to one of the people responsible for bringing them to the screen, cinematographer Sam Levy.

Frances Ha, Mistress America, Lady Bird and Wendy and Lucy … of course, I am referring to the work of some of our greatest living directors: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, and Kelly Reichardt. More specifically, I am referring to the wonderful characters at the center of them, women whose everyday struggles are met with determination, charm, confusion, humor and creativity. These are women who were seminal to my upbringing, far beyond film. This last week, I had the pleasure to speak to one of the people responsible for bringing them to the screen, cinematographer Sam Levy.