"What the Night Can Do" begins filming in Lewisburg Sep. 26

"What the Night Can Do" begins filming in Lewisburg Sep. 26

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Sep. 22, 2016) – The West Virginia Film Office today announced that the feature film "What the Night Can Do" will begin filming in the Lewisburg and surrounding areas starting Sep. 26 through Oct. 17. Written by renowned Lewisburg resident Stuart Margolin, the film will be directed by Christopher Martini, produced by Michael Hagerty, with Mr. Margolin and Tanya Hill serving as executive producers. Mr. Margolin’s River Entertainment and Mr. Hagerty's Okerty Entertainment are the production companies on the project, along with Mona Vista Productions.


The coming of age story centers around 12-year old Luana (played by Peyton Kennedy) whose parents (Max Martini and Mercedes Mason) take her to visit her ailing grandfather, “Hugh,” in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. Hugh helps guide the young girl though the trials of love, loss and reconnection. JoBeth Williams is attached in the role of Bettye Sue.

 Paul Sorvino has just joined the cast, the film office announced.

"We are steaming ahead with filming our three generation family drama with participation from numerous residents in Greenbrier and Monroe Counties," said Margolin. "We are equally proud to be using West Virginia's workforce on the crew. The cooperation and assistance from the state film office, city leaders and businesses has made the experience quite special."

The West Virginia Film Office has been working with Mr. Margolin since the summer of 2014 to bring this film to fruition. "We are so pleased that Mr. Margolin chose his adopted home state for this production. He recognized West Virginia's assets, including its talented workforce, and set the wheels in motion to make it happen." Haynes added, "Lewisburg is one of the film friendliest cities in the state. Mayor Manchester has been a champion of supporting the film industry and sees its economic value for the state. He has opened the city's doors and closed streets to accommodate film production over the years."


“We are excited that some of this film will be shot in Lewisburg," said John Manchester, Mayor of the City of Lewisburg. "By choosing to shoot some of it here, Mr. Margolin's contributions to the growth of the film industry is a timely economic boost to our community.”


The film is slated for release in late 2017, and the Film Office will release more information when it becomes available.


The West Virginia Film Office is a section of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. Follow the Film Office on Facebook.com/wvfilm or Twitter @wvfilm.

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