An American Bombing – Director Marc Levin & Producer Daphne Pinkerson

AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH looks at the surge in homegrown political violence through  the story of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, showing the roots of anti-government sentiment and its reverberations today, The Oklahoma City bombing was the single, deadliest act of homegrown terrorism against the government in U.S. history. On April 19, 1995, American Timothy McVeigh ignited a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, including 19 children. AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH parses the details of that day, the experiences of the people who were there, the manhunt for the perpetrators, and the pivotal moments of the trials. The film also goes back in time to reveal the personal trajectory of McVeigh, his struggles after serving his country in the Gulf War and his association with pro-gun, anti-government groups. AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH connects McVeigh with the ideology of a larger extremist movement that was forged in the aftermaths of the farm crisis, the Gulf War, Ruby Ridge, and Waco. The film questions the lessons learned from past acts of domestic terrorism and stands as an essential wake-up call. Director Marc Levin & Producer Daphne Pinkerson join us for a conversation on the historic relevance of April 19th to several bloody events in American history, how their previous work on anti-government radicals activities and why it is important for every American to understand the danger posed by these same people.


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The HBO Original documentary AN AMERICAN BOMBING: THE ROAD TO APRIL 19TH, directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Marc Levin (HBO’s “Stockton on My Mind,” “One Nation Under Stress”) and executive produced by Katie Couric, debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on Max.

About the filmmaker – Mark Levin has won four Emmys, four duPont-Columbia awards, the Peabody Award, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, among others.  Highlights include: Slam, his Sundance festival hit; Brick City, the groundbreaking docu-series about the city of Newark, New Jersey and its charismatic mayor, Cory Booker; Cable Ace winner, Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock; National Emmy-winner Thug Life in DC; and Chicagoland, an eight hour docu-series for CNN and Robert Redford, nominated for a 2014 IDA award for Best Limited Series.One of America’s most respected filmmakers, Levin and his producing partner, Daphne Pinkerson, have made over a dozen acclaimed documentaries for HBO, including a revealing trilogy of films showing how economic forces have impacted working people.  He was also Executive Producer on the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary I Am Evidence and Baltimore Rising, which won the Cinema Eye Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Documentary in 2019. After collaborating with TV journalist Bill Moyers on several films in the 1990’s, they reunited on Rikers: An American Jail, which won the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights award for Media Advocacy.  Levin and filmmaker Mark Benjamin also teamed up with Robert Redford and Paul Allen to Executive Produce the Animal Planet series Ocean Warriors, which won the 2017 Jackson Hole Wild Life Film Festival Award for Best Limited Series. Levin’s work in scripted TV includes show running and directing the Showtime series Street Time. He has also worked with Dick Wolf as a director on Law & Order and in 2017 they teamed up on the six-hour doc-series Inside the FBI: New York. Most recently Levin directed Stockton on My Mind following 29-year-old Mayor Michael Tubbs’ bold initiatives to provide more opportunities for the youth of his city and I Promise, which chronicles the first year of the innovative Akron public school created by LeBron James and his foundation.  Both were selected for World Premieres at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. I Promise was honored by the African American Film Critics Association as the Best Short Form Series of 2020 and Stockton on My Mind was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Current Affairs documentary. In 2021, Marc completed three documentaries as an executive producer,  Adrienne and The Slow Hustle, currently streaming on HBO, and Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible, for Showtime.

About the filmmaker – Daphne Pinkerson is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and the long-time documentary film partner of Marc Levin. Throughout her career, she has worked on a range of critically acclaimed social and political documentaries for almost every major media outlet. She directed Triangle: Remembering the Fire, which won the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award, and premiered on HBO in March of 2011. The US Secretary of Labor hosted a screening of the film at the White House to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fire. In 2001, NARAL presented their Courageous Advocate Award to her for Soldiers in the Army of God, a film she produced and co-directed for HBO. She has produced 18 films in total to date for HBO, most recently Stockton on my Mind, a film that looked at the work of millennial mayor Michael Tubbs and One Nation Under Stress, with Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. She was also the supervising producer on two HBO documentaries that premiered in the fall of 2021, Adrienne, about the life and death of actress Adrienne Shelly, and The Slow Hustle, about police corruption in Baltimore.  Her other HBO work includes a trilogy looking at the effects of global economic forces on working people. It began with Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, a film about what happened to manufacturing in America through the emblematic story of the Garment Center in Manhattan, then Hard Times: Lost on Long Island, which looked at the fallout of the 2008 recession on upper middle-income people, and finally Class Divide, which profiled hypergentrification in one NYC neighborhood as a microcosm of what was happening in major cities throughout the world. She was the Supervising Producer on Brick City, a five-hour docu-series on Newark, NJ, which premiered on the Sundance Channel. In 2007, she was the Supervising Producer on Mr. Untouchable, a film about heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, which was theatrically released by Magnolia Films. In 2006, she was the Supervising Producer on Protocols of Zion, Levin’s personal look at 9/11, which aired on HBO/Cinemax and was theatrically released by ThinkFilm.  Heir to an Execution, a film she produced about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2004. In 2003, she produced Godfathers and Sons, a film on Chicago Blues for Martin Scorsese’s PBS series on Blues music. In the year 2000, she produced two PBS films, Speak Truth to Power, a special on human rights activists and Twilight Los Angeles, Anna Deavere Smith’s performance film on the riots in South Central. For The Execution Machine, which also aired on HBO, she was able to secure unprecedented access to Death Row in Texas. She was the Supervising Producer for the critically acclaimed Discovery Channel series, CIA: America’s Secret Warriors. Her other HBO films include Mob Stories, Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock and its ten year follow-up Back in the Hood, Prisoners of the War on Drugs, Gladiator Days, and Baltimore Rising. For Bill Moyers she produced The Home Front, The Politics of Addiction, Oklahoma City: One Year Later, and three parts of his series, What Can We Do About Youth Violence? In addition to producing and directing, she shoots stylized film and video with small format cameras. She has captured some cinematic firsts, filming a gang drive-by shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas (HBO’s Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock) and inmates injecting drugs in prison (HBO’s Prisoners of the War on Drugs.) She was also the Associate Producer and additional shooter on the dramatic feature SLAM. In 1988, during the press restrictions in South Africa, she launched South Africa Now, a weekly half-hour news program which commissioned pieces from inside South Africa for broadcast on Public Television, CNN World Report and ITN. She holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where she did a combined program with the School of Journalism.  Before that, she graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a B.A. in political science.



“A first-rate film about a too-often-forgotten event.” – Stephen SilverThe SS Ben Hecht
“What Mr. Levin and his producer, Daphne Pinkerson, do, while justifying nothing, is separate the righteously angry from the opportunistic and the people with legitimate grievances from the exploiters of those grievances.” – John Anderson, Wall Street Journal