Language Revival
Who We Are

Ben Levine

Ben is a video artist and documentary filmmaker who originally trained as a clinical psychologist. In the 1960’s and 70’s he directed innovative therapeutic programs for civil rights community groups, mentally ill adolescents, and Vietnam era heroin addicts, where he first developed video feedback outreach techniques that enhance participation and deepen the story.

As a founding director of People’s Video Theater and Survival Arts Media in New York's Soho, he was active in the 1970's video art and community television movement and is known as a video pioneer. His work has been seen at the Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and on US and European television. He has produced and performed in live multi-image media events at the Kitchen in New York, the World Trade Center, Lincoln Center, and the Hayden Planetarium. ( see resume)

Based in Maine, Ben Levine has been an independent producer writing and directing documentary-style educational, public interest, and corporate video and television programs for clients ranging from National Semiconductor to the Prudential, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Maine Office on AIDS, and the Baobab Institute in Dakar, Senegal. His productions have earned Gold and Silver Awards from ITVA, IFTVA, Broderson and others.

Ben has developed film and video community-based education programs in a variety of minority cultural and ethnic settings including French Canadian, West Indian, and West African. He has served on panels including Membre du Jury, Vues d’Afrique, and the Maine Commission on the Arts Media Panel. He has taught documentary video and conducted media workshops at Maine Film and Television Workshops, Rockport College, the University of Maine, MIT, the Sorbonne and many other universities.

Julia Schulz

Julia is Co-Founder and former Director of the internationally-known nonprofit Penobscot School of language learning and cultural exchange in Rockland, Maine. During her sixteen years as Director of Penobscot School, she created innovative language immersion programs in English for foreigners and in a variety of foreign languages for Americans. A teacher of French for over 20 years, Schulz has led numerous immersions for American adults and college students in Guadeloupe, French Antilles. In 1997 she created Accès Cinéma Africain, in Montreal, a language-learning program for adults in the context of North America's largest African and Caribbean film festival.

Trained as an anthropologist (M.A. McGill University 1985), Julia conducted ethnographic research in French-speaking Acadian communities in Northern Maine and in Augusta, Maine with Franco-American mill workers. In 1999 she began developing language reacquisition programs in former French-speaking communities (Please see “Projects” section). Since then she had applied her approach to language revival in Native American and Cajun French communities.

Her philosophy for language learning incorporates a unique blend of mixed ability levels and dialogues with native speakers in the community. She uses film and other cultural material to create an environment that is comfortable and safe for experimenting with self-expression.