Production of I Do Mind Dying began in early 2014, when Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department, under Emergency Management, announced plans to cut off water to thousands of late-payers. Between 2013-2015, nearly 100,000 homes, many belonging to low income, elderly, long-term Detroiters, were disconnected from service.
Director, Kate Levy, began documenting the underlying causes and ramifications of this massive public health crisis. In 2015, Levy received a grant from Metabolic Studios to purchase cameras for Detroit residents to document the effects of shutoffs and infrastructure cuts in their neighborhoods.
Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist. She received her Master in Fine Arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She has exhibited her lens-based work and screened films internationally.
Levy uses extensive place-based research to elucidate power and support social justice work through video, journalism and multimedia installation.
Levy’s work has been featured on Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report, CNN, and in international film festivals. In 2015 she worked with investigative journalist Curt Guyette and the ACLU of Michigan to bring light to and document the origins of the Flint Water Crisis. Levy also contributes to the We the People Community Research Collaborative– a community-based multimedia mapping project about the effects of austerity and water, land and education. She teaches at Wayne State University.