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Jonathan Goodman Levitt

Business Developer

New York, New York, US

Background

Startup Experience

First time founder

About Jonathan Goodman

I'm currently a filmmaker and producer with features that have been supported by BBC, PBS, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, and at least 20 other broadcasters and funders. Our films are non-judgmental, and allow audience members space to draw their own conclusions about our characters. The journey on our last film FOLLOW THE LEADER, about three teenage boys who want to be President, led to the development of a live performance event that turned audience members into participants who get to explore what everyone else thinks too. Reality Check Interactive has since become a bigger idea for an app & online platform that offers the experience to a wider audience, and which has potential to work for a wide variety of films. We are currently in-process on a beta version that will include "Reality Check: Follow the Leader Interactive" as the first film that showcases the experience -- we plan to release it for free to those who download the app as a promotion for a limited time, and can do that because we have carved out those rights with PBS, Cinedigm & other licensees who have been broadcasting the stand-alone film.

I'm looking for Co-Founder who is a developer/designer with a passion for media innovation, and for a Co-Founder who has more business experience (in the start-up world) than I do. These Co-Founders could be the same person. As a filmmaker and producer, I have a good grasp of the film and documentary industries and am in a good position to license content from other filmmakers and companies; I've also been assembling an Advisory Board that already includes the heads of Storycode, a Yale Professor, and leaders at Google & TED. I'm looking for others to complement my background with theirs in business and programming/app development. Please be in touch if you'd like to know more about my personal background, the idea, or anything else that's piqued your interest.

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Education

Stanford University

Psychology, minors in Studio Art & Political Philosophy

1998 - 1998

Stanford University

MA Social Psychology

1999 - 1999

National Film and Television School, UK

Advanced Programme, Documentary Direction

2001 - 2001