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Due in theaters this year is a small production from Levinson, “The Bay,” a documentary-style thriller he shot on a tight 18-day schedule and a tiny $2 million budget. The film chronicles an ecological disaster in the Chesapeake Bay.

After “Gotti,” Levinson is looking ahead to what he says will be the final chapter of his Baltimore stories, which began with “Diner” and continued with “Tin Men,” “Avalon” and “Liberty Heights.”

This last Baltimore installment would focus on a period of great change in American culture, set among the “last group to come through the diner” around 1967, Levinson said.

“If you married in ‘66, and those who didn’t marry in ‘66, by the beginning of ‘67, they were almost becoming guys of the same age but of two different generations,” Levinson said. “The ones who married are going to be attached to their fathers’ generation, and those who didn’t are going to be attached to the hippie generation.”

The film will focus on that “enormous break that took place and the effects on the guys, good and bad,” Levinson said.