'Traffic' passes through UC department
Date: Nov. 2, 2000
By: Erin Duffy
Phone: (513) 556-1806
Archive: Campus News
It's well known around town that Hollywood's newest big movie, Traffic, was filmed right here in Cincinnati. What many here on campus might not know, however, is that there is a UC connection to the movie. Surplus UC office supplies, including computer equipment, office furnishings and old files, were used as props in the film.
The items were purchased from the UC Department of Surplus Equipment Management. Its surplus warehouse stores supplies and equipment that are no longer in use. The items are then sold internally to other departments, reducing the expense of new purchases and once a week to the public at a Thursday morning surplus sale.
On May 15, during filming, Traffic Production Designer Nancy Gilmore paid a visit to Lee Leviton, manager of Surplus Equipment Management. According to Leviton, "She actually came twice. First to just look around, the second time she bought over $200 worth of stuff." Purchased items included two old computers and monitors, a typewriter, a printer, wastebaskets, assorted chairs and a Macintosh computer.
Leviton actually received a thank you letter from Gilmore, who called the warehouse a "great find" and wrote "I thought I had gone to heaven just browsing around the first floor, but when you were kind enough to take us up to the second floor... Holy cow..." Gilmore went on to tell Leviton that now that she knows of the warehouse, she will continue to use it as a resource over and over.
While Leviton doesn't know which scenes the UC surplus property will be in, he'll definitely be looking and adds that "it would really be exciting to recognize some of our stuff in the movie."