The Levys of Monticello

The Levys of Monticello

When Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he left behind a mountain of personal debt, which forced his heirs to sell his beloved Monticello home and all of its possessions. THE LEVYS OF MONTICELLO reveals the little-known story of the Levy family, which owned and carefully preserved Monticello for nearly a century – even longer than Jefferson or his descendants. The remarkable story of the Levy family also intersects with the rise of antisemitism that runs throughout the course of American history.

"Fascinating! A unique story that touches on many critical and sometimes contradictory aspects of the American Jewish experience."- Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post

“Amazing! This little-known... chapter in United States history is now brought to light in this impressive and unforgettable film.” - Francine Brokaw, Family Choice Awards

“A first-class documentary! Steven Pressman tells this story exceedingly well, giving the Levys the credit they so richly deserve.” - Sheldon Kirshner, The Times of Israel

“One of the great Jewish stories no one has heard of. Steven Pressman’s film deserves great credit for exposing it.”
- Dina Gold, Moment Magazine

Audience Award | Washington Jewish Film Festival
Audience Award | Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Building Bridges Jury Award | Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Directed by Steven Pressman
U.S.A, 2023
71 minutes

The Levys of Monticello