For all of you that can’t wait to pull out the Christmas decorations,despite temperatures still being near the 90’s, you’re in for a treat.
Christmas decorations – lights, tinsel, trees, fake snow, the whole nine yards –will be going up all over downtown Cedartown this week. No, Cedartown is not getting a headstart on this year’s festivitie. Instead,Cedartown will be decking their halls for a television film crew coming into town on Sept. 18.
Production crews with the Sundance TV series “Hap and Leonard” felt that Downtown Cedartown fit perfectly with their vision of the show’s third season. They asked about the possibility of filming in the area, specifically Moore’s corner and Cobb’s Corner, and Cedartown was happy to oblige. The third season is set during Christmas, so Cedartown is getting a “merry makeover”.
“We were contacted a few weeks ago by a location scout with the show and he said they were looking for an old-fashioned soda shop. They found photos online of Moore’s and really felt like that location offered everything they needed,” explained City Manager Bill Fann. “We helped them work with the owner of the building and put them in touch with the Downtown Cedartown Association and we’re pleased to say that everything came together. We are excited that our downtown has caught the eye of yet another film crew.”
The show will also film at other locations in Northwest Georgia.
The Cedartown Fire Department will be stringing lights into the trees along Main Street during the week of August 28. A live Christmas tree will also be placed downtown as well.
Downtown merchants will have get to meet members of the art department and location scouting crew this week as the crew stop in to help owners decorate their windows and shops for the show.
“Residents and business owners in Cedartown are so friendly and willing to work with anyone, especially when it brings attention to our town that we all love,” Fann said. “We encourage everyone to enjoy this early start to the holidays, share the news with their friends and family, and be proud of Cedartown. We all know it’s a beautiful place and obviously, other folks are noticing that as well.”
This is not the first time that Cedartown has been chosen by film industryas a location. In 2011, a Billy Bob Thornton-produced movie, “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” turned downtown Cedartown into a 1960s version of itself. Film crews were also in Cedartown in 2015, shooting a trailer for a feature-length film project called “Black Mountain.” Also in 2015, local lawyer and filmmaker Bill Lundy produced independent film “A Larger Life,” drawing heavily on local Cedartown landmarks and locations.