MAPLEWOOD, N.J. -- Alan Levin, a documentary filmmaker who captured the rise of America's religious right and brought PBS ''
Mr. Levin, a World War II veteran of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Monday in his sleep at his Maplewood home, according to a publicist for HBO Documentaries.
His work in the television industry started in the 1970s with PBS. One of the original news producers at New York public television station WNET, Levin in 1979 produced the Emmy-winning, six-part series ''The New Immigrants," examining the immigration of non-Europeans into the United States. His 1982 film ''Portrait of an American Zealot" was one of the first examinations of the rise of the religious right in the United States. His 1986 ''Inside the Jury Room," for the PBS ''Frontline" series, provided one of the first jury deliberations ever recorded for television.
He partnered with Bill Moyers on a number of award-winning programs, including ''The Secret Government: The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis," a history of CIA operations leading up to the Iran-Contra scandal, which won a national Emmy Award for news and documentary in 1988.
He also collaborated with HBO's documentary division. Along with his son, Marc, also a filmmaker, and producing partner Daphne Pinkerson, Levin made the HBO documentary ''Thug Life," which told the story of incarcerated young black men in Washington. It won the 1999 national Emmy for outstanding nonfiction special.