EXCLUSIVE: Rookie Levin Starts Filming Indie Farm Drama Land of Tomorrow in Kentucky October 11

by Anne Thompson
October 3, 2011 9:55 AM
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More and more these days, getting a movie made is about a tenacious filmmaker making it happen. Theater and television writer/director Kimberly Levin didn't wait for CAA to raise financing. She's forging ahead with an October 11 start for her first film, the drama Land of Tomorrow, near her hometown Louisville, Kentucky.

Levin, who is trained as a biochemist, is a member of the Kentucky Film Board. She raised equity financing in her home state, where friends and family are offering locations. With help from executive producer Julia Chasman (25th Hour, Quills), who discovered the script while judging the Nicholls screenwriting contest, Levin is making the film under both DGA and SAG Ultra Low Budget agreements (which gets actors $100 a day plus commission against an eventual sale of the film), which make it possible to film the story locally with scale and scope for well under a million dollars.

Set in a rural farming community, Land of Tomorrow tells the story of Betty (Warehouse 13's Joanne Kelly), a homemaker struggling to save her family's farm-supply business as factory farming transforms and threatens her family's way of life. Her teenage son Finley (Win Win's Alex Shaffer) can't abide what is happening to his world as Betty fights to keep him from leaving home.

Land of Tomorrow is being produced by Kurt Pitzer, executive produced by Chasman and Will Battersby (Trumbo), and co-produced by Sarah Spearing and Guillermo Escalona. Spanish cinematographer Hermes Marco is shooting the film; Cindi Rush is casting in New York while Marty Cherrix is handling regional casting.

After graduating from NYU Grad Film School with a short in hand (Between Baronofskys), Levin partnered with Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil on Carthage, a TV pilot for an hour-long drama based on her documentary work on mountaintop coal mining in Appalachia. With Tribeca Films, Levin is currently co-producing an upcoming HBO Films adaptation of Eating With The Enemy, about a mob-affiliated New Jersey restaurant owner (James Gandalfini) who inserts himself into the high-stakes relationship between the US and North Korea. Levin is also shopping a feature comedy script about "sex, death and letting go."

 

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