Sunday, May 23, 2010

RIP Michel Levesque

Levesque, Michel
August 22, 1943 - May 14, 2010
Michel Levesque, film director and production designer, died at his
home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 66.

Raised in Pennsville, New Jersey, Levesque moved to Los Angeles in
1962. After attending Cal State Northridge, he got his first film job
on "The Trip," directed by Roger Corman. His first two art direction
jobs were also with Corman, including "Bloody Mama" in 1970.

In 1971, with writing partner David M. Kaufman, Levesque co-wrote and
directed "Werewolves on Wheels." In 1972, he directed his second
feature film, "Sweet Sugar." He then went to Europe and co-wrote two
screenplays for the Dutch Cultural Commission.

Levesque resumed his art direction career in 1975, starting with three
films for Russ Meyer. Other films he art directed include "Foxes" and
"Borderline" in 1980; and "Barbarosa" in 1982. He earned production
designer credits on "The Night Before" in 1988; and "Homer and Eddie"
and "The Package" in 1989. His television credits include the first 25
episodes of "Hunter."

Upon retiring from the film industry in 1989, Levesque re-teamed with
Kaufman to form Digital Video Theatre, producing and directing a
series of digital video shorts. In recent years, he pursued his long
time love of music. He was studying jazz piano and composing a cabaret
musical when his battle with cancer began in 2006.

In September 2009, Levesque married Colleen Kennedy, his companion of
30 years. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Art Tillinghast, a
recently-united son, Justin Wilson, and brothers Conrad and George.

Born: 8/22/1943, Pennsville, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 5/14/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Michel Levesque's westerns - acrt director:
Barbarosa - 1982
Savage Journey - 1983

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