Sundance Q&A: Mayday DP Sam Levy

Randi Altman

January 29, 2021

Director Karen Cinorre’s Mayday tells the story of Ana, who is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land, where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Though she finds strength in this exciting new world, she comes to realize that she’s not the killer they want her to be.
Sam Levy was the cinematographer on the film. His past projects include three films for director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Mistress America, While We’re Young) as well as the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird and director Spike Jonze’s Changers: A Dance Story.
We reached out to Levy, who also served as a producer on Mayday, to talk about how the film evolved, its look and working with Cinorre.

Director Karen Cinorre’s Mayday tells the story of Ana, who is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land, where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Though she finds strength in this exciting new world, she comes to realize that she’s not the killer they want her to be.
Sam Levy was the cinematographer on the film. His past projects include three films for director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Mistress America, While We’re Young) as well as the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird and director Spike Jonze’s Changers: A Dance Story.
We reached out to Levy, who also served as a producer on Mayday, to talk about how the film evolved, its look and working with Cinorre.