Movie producers to ask council to close portion of street for filming

October 5, 2010 10:15:00 AM

Jason Browne - jbrowne@cdispatch.com

 

A light agenda for tonight''s Columbus City Council meeting includes a request from a movie production company. 

 

Producer Lawyer Henderson and Cinema City Productions are asking that a section of Second Avenue North be closed on Saturday while the crew shoots a trial scene at the Lowndes County Courthouse. If approved, shooting for "The Governor''s Daughters" will begin around 1 p.m. at the courthouse and continue Sunday with a classroom scene at Columbus High School. 

 

The movie tells the story of an armed robbery at an Atlanta nightclub which turns into an abduction with the kidnapping of the daughters of Georgia''s governor. The trial of one of the kidnappers is moved to Lowndes County in order to receive a fair trial. 

 

Henderson says approximately 25 locals from Lowndes County have roles in the independent film, including Mississippi University for Women Police Chief Kennedy Meaders, Hattie Rush, Cory Harrison and Dawn Baer. Henderson plans to enter the movie in film festivals beginning in the Spring of 2011 with a release to DVD to follow. 

 

"I think Columbus is a great area to shoot. And not only because one of our co-producers (Aail Jones) is from there," said Henderson. 

 

The council meets at 5 p.m. today in the Columbus Municipal Complex, 1501 Main St. 

 

The film producers'' request will be included on the consent agenda along with a multiple travel requests to send city officials to conferences and workshops. The policy agenda includes pending approval of the city''s medical, dental and life insurance renewal and the city''s municipal compliance questionnaire.