Director and writer Jonathan Levine earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University in 2000 and his master's degree from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2004.
Levine started out working on short films. He served as first assistant director on the 2004 pulp noir short Deep Down in Florida and Raveling (2005), a narrative short about an elderly man told completely in reverse.
He wrote and directed Shards in 2004, meth-induced love triangle drama. The film won a Certificate of Excellence for Best Cinematography at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. The next year Levine wrote and directed the Love Bytes (2005), a documentary that showed Levine on a cross-country road trip to find love.
In 2006 Levine made his feature film directing debut with the teen-slasher flick All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The film centered on a popular teenager named Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) who seems to have it all, including a deadly killer who will stop at nothing to kill her.
Levine’s follow up, The Wackness (2008), premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Starring Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck and Mary-Kate Olsen, the film is set in 1994 and tells the story of a teenage drug dealer and his drug-addicted psychiatrist.