I'm a writer, director, software engineer and former TV executive. I'm focused on blurring the lines between films, games and reality to create innovative, culture-shifting entertainment.

In 2018, I was awarded Mozilla's $50,000 grant for art and advocacy exploring artificial intelligence. My proposal, Stealing Ur Feelings, is a forthcoming interactive film that uses augmented reality to reveal the science behind facial emotion recognition.

I'm a Recurse Center alum (SP1 '18), where I researched the potential of the WebAssembly MVP for machine learning-based computer vision. During my batch I developed wasmface, one of the first WebAssembly implementations of the Viola-Jones algorithm.

In 2017, I made Weird Box, a viral interactive film that was called "delightfully disturbing" by Fast Company, "strangely fascinating" by SFist and "awesome" by Boing Boing.

Before that, I created Chillr, a Vimeo Staff Pick-awarded transmedia prank about an imaginary iPhone app. Bustle called it "hilarious" and The Daily Dot said it was "too good to be true."

I won a PromaxBDA Gold Award for directing Key & Peele's Social Influencers sketches for the MTV Video Music Awards.

I wrote the official humor book for the TV show Guy Code, which was published by MTV Books and blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Later, I collaborated with New York Times bestselling illustrator Arturo Torres on Color Me Kanye, a memey coloring book about Kanye West. (I was subsequently invited to write about the Kanye meme singularity for the Daily News.) My comedy writing also appears in McSweeney's.

Previously, I served as Editorial Director of MTV2, where I oversaw the reinvention of the channel and helped break records for ratings, revenue and growth.

Outside of entertainment, I'm a partner at La Rosa, a restored century-old pizzeria helmed by Frank Pinello, host of Viceland's The Pizza Show.

I'm a two-time art school dropout. I was born in New York City and I still live in New York City.

Contact me: noahlevenson [at] gmail [dot] com, working not working, twitter, github


Stealing Ur Feelings is an interactive film that uses augmented reality to reveal how Snapchat can secretly collect data about your emotions by analyzing your face. I'm creating it with the support of a $50,000 grant from the NetGain Partnership, a collaboration between Mozilla, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundation. The film will be released summer 2019.

Press and recognition:
Mozilla

https://github.com/noahlevenson/stealing-ur-feelings


Weird Box is an interactive film that tells a story about your Instagram photos. I wrote it, directed it and programmed the software that makes it work. It stars me and Katie Boland (Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Daydream Nation). It received quite a bit of international press and acclaim. It was selected for exhibition at Mozilla Festival 2017, where I also did a Q&A.

Press and recognition:
Fast Company
SFist
Short of the Week
Boing Boing
Booooooom
The World's Best Ever
Storyful
Laughing Squid
Radio Live New Zealand
INfluencia
Design Taxi
HOW
Fisheye
HUH. Magazine
Film Shortage
Design Indaba
8 Days
Trend Hunter
PetaPixel
Trendera
The Awesomer
Sam and Niko's channel
GameGandhi's channel

https://weirdbox.tv


Chillr was a transmedia prank about an imaginary new mobile app designed for chill dudes. The prank consisted of a short film, a hoax website and a marketing strategy: We positioned Chillr as the killer app for the Apple Watch and timed it to coincide with Apple's big announcement. I created it, wrote it, built its website and starred in it (opposite Ed McGinty from Boardwalk Empire). It won a Vimeo Staff Pick, confused the 'net and successfully fooled a bunch of journalists into thinking it was really the newest tech to disrupt the chillness industry.

Press and recognition:
Bustle
The Daily Dot
The Black List
Booooooom
The World's Best Ever

https://chillr.net


I developed wasmface, one of the first WebAssembly implementations of the Viola-Jones algorithm. Viola-Jones is a machine learning approach for visual object detection that's particularly suited for classifying faces. I wrote the implementation as part of my research at Recurse Center, which focused on the potential of the WebAssembly MVP for realtime CV applications.

https://github.com/noahlevenson/wasmface


I directed these Key & Peele sketches to announce their internet troll characters to the world before the MTV Video Music Awards. We improvised the scenes together. I played the role of annoying interviewer and asked dumb questions about the internet and they made fun of me. The sketches won a PromaxBDA Gold Award.

Press and recognition:
PromaxBDA Brief


I wrote and art directed Color Me Kanye, a memey coloring book about Kanye West. It was illustrated by New York Times bestseller Arturo Torres. Gal Beckerman of the New York Times Book Review said: "The most amazing thing about this coloring book is that I honestly can't tell whether it's supposed to be a joke or not." I was subsequently invited to write about the Kanye meme singularity for the Daily News.

Press and recognition:
Nylon
High Times
FACT
Uproxx

Buy it:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Spencer's
Target


I created Out in 60, Viacom's first ever global cross-channel TV and digital project. It's an original series that presents the coming out stories of LGBTQ celebrities at the speed of the internet. It's also a digital platform that empowers people from all over the world to contribute to the conversation. Now entering its second season, it's distributed internationally across Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Logo, BET and Britain's Channel 5.

http://outin60.comedycentral.com
http://outin60.mtv.com
http://outin60.channel5.com


Tweets Will Save Us is a video game that weaponizes live tweets from real people worldwide. The premise is simple: Deadly asteroids are hurtling towards Earth, and the only thing that can stop them is our 140-character utterances. I created and programmed it, and the retro pixel art was created by my brother, illustrator/animator Asher Levenson.

Press and recognition:
Imperica

https://tweetswillsave.us
https://noahlevenson.itch.io/tweets-will-save-us


MTV Books published my first comedy book, Guy Code: Unleash Your Manhood. It's a silly self-help book for guys who are confused about what to wear, what to drink, and how to talk to girls. (Hint: the secret is just to be yourself.) The print edition is exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and it's available digitally from iTunes. It was blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and former executive producer of The Daily Show. This is what he said:

"If you haven't read this book yet, you suck. That is scientific fact. This book changes EVERYTHING for guys. It's like the Bible, but without the guilt or weird incest stories. And that is my kind of Bible."


I wrote jokes for the celebs in this digital short celebrating Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and his work for the cancer charity City of Hope. City of Hope is a great cause and writing for Don Henley is the dopest thing I've ever done.


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