Twilight Movie

Louisville native plans to film movie
in Madison this summer

Casting will begin in July

By Don Ward

(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.

Kim Levin

Kim Levin

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 film’s 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 King’s Daughters’ Hospital & Health Services annex.
Levin attended last year’s 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 McDonald’s 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 city’s 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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