Theatre & Film

Bagatelle: Pushkin Comes To Texas?

Houston-area filmmaker Daniel Levin talks about his new chamber music filled art-house film.

Bagatelle official movie poster
Bagatelle official movie poster

As a filmmaker, if you’re not making a Hollywood blockbuster or even a feature-length indie film, how do you get your project funded and realized?

Sugar Land, TX, based writer and director Daniel Levin is currently trying to make his movie a reality. 

Bagatelle, loosely based on Count Nulin, a poem by the great Russian writer Alexander Pushkin, tells the story of Natalie, a Russian cello player who, tired of working the concert circuit with her string quartet playing for pennies at cheap venues, marries a wealthy rancher she meets while passing on tour through Texas back country. But, thinking she has finally made it, she soon discovers she misses her music and her bohemian lifestyle and attempts to regain what she feels is now missing from her life.

Daniel Levin talks with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about his silent film, his attempts to get it financed through Kickstarter and the difficulties involved in finding an actor who also plays cello!

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