Director Marilyn Ness, Producers Beth Levison and Maureen Ryan


Post Mortem is a documentary feature that is at once personal memoir, true crime and Jewish family history as director Marilyn Ness confronts a legacy of secrecy and trauma using the communal power of theater and film.

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Marilyn Ness

Marilyn Ness - Director

Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy, Peabody, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker and works as a director and producer. Most recently, Ness directed the Emmy®-nominated documentary CHARM CITY which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award, and broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in April 2019. Ness directed the feature BAD BLOOD: A CAUTIONARY TALE that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011. Ness’s producing credits include ANONYMOUS SISTER, premiering in competition at DOC NYC 2021; Kirsten Johnson’s DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for a PGA Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and earned 3 Primetime Emmy® nominations winning for Best Director; the Netflix Original documentary BECOMING about former First Lady Michelle Obama, which was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards. Before that, she produced CAMERAPERSON, TRAPPED, E-TEAM and 1971. Ness is co-owner of the women led Big Mouth Productions.

Beth Levison

Beth Levison - Producer

Beth Levison is an Emmy and Peabody-winning filmmaker.  Her most recent film, STORM LAKE, which she directed alongside Jerry Risius and also produced, premiered at the 2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and won the Audience Award at AFI DOCS and the NYWIFT Documentary Filmmaking Award at Provincetown Film Festival.  She produced WOMEN IN BLUE (2020 Tribeca Film Festival) about gender, violence and race in American policing, and the Emmy-nominated MADE IN BOISE (AFI DOCS 2019), about four women who carry babies for strangers in Boise, Idaho – the unofficial surrogacy capital.  Additional producing credits include the Emmy-nominated PERSONAL STATEMENT (PBS 2018), 32 PILLS:  MY SISTER’S SUICIDE (HBO 2017), and her documentary directorial debut LEMON (PBS 2011).  Levison is the founder of Hazel Pictures, a co-founder of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA), and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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