native plans to film movie
in Madison this summer
will begin in July
(May 2003) Even while Madison area residents eagerly
await the release of the hydroplane movie Madison, filmed
here in 1999, they are about to witness a second movie filmed on its
city streets. Though not as elaborate in scope as Madison,
the movie Twilight promises to show off the historical charm
of the city as it serves as a backdrop to a heartwarming tale of companionship
between two 80-year-old women.
Beginning as early as June, Louisville native Kimberly
Levin plans to film the short independent film in Madison, possibly
using several extras to be recruited from the area. The principle characters
already have been cast, said Levin. She also has hired the set, costume
and production designers for the film. The last step is hiring a cinematographer,
which she is recruiting from New York. Levin wrote the script and will
serve as the films producer and director.
I may have to push back the filming a bit, but it all depends
on when I can get the cinematographer here, said Levin, 29.
After high school, Levin attended Brown University, then transferred
to Kenyon College in Ohio, where she obtained degrees in biochemistry
and economics. Later, she made a career switch to theater and returned
home to work at Actors Theater of Louisville under the tutelage of then-producing
director Jon Jory. She later enrolled at New York University to study
theater. While a student, she was hired as an associate producer of
the Broadway play, Closer. It starred Natasha Richardson
and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play. Levin has also
directed Off-Broadway plays in New York and has worked in film there.
She was unfamiliar with Madison until her boyfriend, Denis Littrell,
told her about the quaint, historic city after he had spent time there
working as an architect on the Kings Daughters Hospital
& Health Services annex.
Levin attended last years Madison Regatta with her family and
later scouted the city for possible film locations. She contacted city
officials about her plans. She has requested from the city the use of
a garbage truck, a police cruiser and the Broadway or some other fountain
as a location. She is also contacting certain home owners about filming
on their property.
When I first came to Madison I fell in love with it, visually,
Levin said. When you shoot a low budget film, in order to create
a world in cinema you need a place like Madison, where there are no
Wal-Marts or McDonalds signs popping up everywhere. You can see
all the charm that everybody there is trying to maintain.
Levin said she has been pleased with the citys cooperation and
would like to someday return to film a feature-length movie there. After
shooting in New York, it is refreshing to come to a place where film
is such a novelty. I look forward to coming there this summer.
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