"Runoff" was filmed in Kentucky. | Courtesy of Monterey Media
“Runoff” was filmed in Kentucky. | Courtesy of Monterey Media

By Adelle Brodbeck

Following a successful opening in New York City, the home-brewed indie film “Runoff” will premiere in Louisville this week at the Kentucky Science Center and Village 8 Theatres.

Created and directed by Louisville native Kimberly Levin, “Runoff” is a farm-drama shot across Kentucky’s rolling hills in Oldham and Henry counties. The story focuses on a family struggling to keep their farm prospering under the threat of a big-business takeover.

Levin got into filmmaking after training to be a biochemist. She’s also an award-winning playwright and theater director. “Runoff” is her feature-length narrative debut.

Kimberly Levin
Director Kimberly Levin

The cast includes Joanne Kelly (SyFy’s “Warehouse 13”), Neal Huff (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Wire,”), Alex Shaffer (“Win Win,” “The Lifeguard”) and Darlene Hunt (creator of Showtime’s “The Big C”), among others.

“Runoff” producer Kurt Pitzer explained in a press release how the experience of filming in Kentucky helped shape the film.

“The critical reception to the film is a testament to our wonderful cast and crew and the many people who helped us film throughout the state,” Pitzer said. “The production benefitted from the generosity of countless Kentuckians who opened their homes and lent a hand, and the production gave back, supporting local businesses in a tough economic climate.”

Pitzer also added that many of the actors and all of the extras in “Runoff” are Kentucky natives.

Joanne Kelly as Betty and Tom Bower as Scratch | Courtesy of Monterey Films
Joanne Kelly as Betty and Tom Bower as Scratch | Courtesy of Monterey Media

So far the film has received significant noise from some pretty prominent publications. Stephen Holden of The New York Times compared “Runoff” to “Winter’s Bone” and “Frozen River” due to its sullen portrayal of rural life. It was awarded a solid “B” rating from the A.V. Club’s Katie Rife, as well as an 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

There’s a special premiere and gala for the film at the Kentucky Science Center on Thursday, July 23, which will feature a red carpet reception with some of the cast and filmmakers, followed by a screening. The gala party, movie and reception is $75 and starts at 6 p.m. If you just want a ticket to the screening, it’s $15 and starts at 7 p.m. More info on that is here.

Village 8 Theatres will host “Runoff” showings from July 24-30 with Q&A sessions on Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25. Levin and Pitzer will be present at the 7:30 p.m. Thursday showing, and Levin among other cast members will answer questions after both matinee and evening showings on Friday.

Check out the trailer for “Runoff” below.

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