Lev Kalman has been making non-commercial, independent films with his collaborator Whitney Horn since 2004. Their distinctive style blends lo-fi 16mm photography, dreamy electronic music, philosophical musings, and steady bursts of absurdist humor.
Lev and Whitney's films: Blondes in the Jungle, L for Leisure, and Two Plains & a Fancy have played at festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival, and BAMCinemaFest. L for Leisure was praised as the “movie of the century so far” by The L Magazine, and was among “The 100 Best Films of the Decade” in a Little White Lies critic’s poll. The New Yorker’s Richard Brody included Two Plains & a Fancy among his top films of 2019, calling it, “the most imaginative and visionary recent addition to the [Western] genre.” In 2021, he worked on the feature film Dream Team – a sun-soaked tribute to 90s sexy thrillers mixing fringe science and metaphysics with spandex and jewel tones.