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Newsmaker: Drew Edward Levinson

Jason Cato
| Monday, April 13, 2009

Age : 21

Residence : Squirrel Hill native, lives in Zelienople, Butler County

Family : Parents, Brad Levinson and Laurel Polanick; sister, Celanie Polanick, 26; brother, Zane Levinson, 19

Occupation : Set production assistant on "Warrior," a fighter movie starring Nick Nolte which is set to begin filming around Pittsburgh

Education : Student at Pittsburgh Filmmakers; plans to attend Tulane University in New Orleans this fall. Attended Ohio Wesleyan University in 2006-07 and studied from July to August 2008 at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he was in the same program as "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson.

Background : Levinson has worked as a summer news intern for the Courier News in Bridgewater, N.J., and as a creative services intern at Channel 11 Pittsburgh. He has worked on several feature films recently made in Pittsburgh, including as a set production assistant for "Shelter" and "Shannon's Rainbow," a film in which he served as a pre-production assistant to British actress Claire Forlani. Levinson acted as "Governor's Attorney" in "Shelter," which stars Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Noteworthy : Recently won first place in a student-produced video contest sponsored by the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh that focuses on saving unrecognized historic sites in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Levinson's video, "Paramount Pictures Film Exchange," is a brief documentary about the former site of Paramount Pictures along the Boulevard of the Allies. The film documents the history of the 1920s building, which was once part of the city's "Film Row," and efforts under way to save the building as a historic site. Levinson's film can be seen on YouTube.

Quote : "I'd always noticed that building while driving along the Boulevard of the Allies, but I didn't know its story. It looked like a pyramid from the car as it was so old. I wanted to find out what its story was."

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