SWEETHEART DEAL represents the culmination of Elisa Levine’s 20-year fascination with story-driven documentaries about marginalized subcultures. She was Assistant Editor and Lead Researcher for Robinson Devor’s dark and controversial documentary ZOO, about zoophiles in rural Washington. ZOO premiered at Sundance, played Cannes, and was distributed by THINKFilm. Elisa’s earlier work, WAITING FOR NESARA, documents the true story of The Open Mind Forum, a messianic group of Salt Lake City ex-Mormons, and the radical faith that binds them together in the wake of 9/11.
Elisa initiated SWEETHEART DEAL with an extensive investigation of Seattle’s red light district, and eventually gained access behind the scenes. Elisa is a Points North, Garrett Scott, Sundance Documentary Fund and Sundance Edit & Story Lab fellow. She lives in Seattle, where she is raising six-year-old twins.