Residents in Stonewall may see a flurry of activity in coming days due to the filming of a Christmas movie named A Smokey Mountain Christmas from March 26 to April 10.
According to the film’s location manager, Brandy Hagborg, filming may cause intermittent road closures on certain days on Main Street and other portions of the town.
“We will have production staff on site to ensure that businesses are accessible and that the town is accessible,” Hagborg told council, during their regular meeting March 21.
She explained the film centres around a small town baker in conflict with a Miami real estate broker, who comes into town and wants to make it a resort destination.
To achieve the film’s aesthetic, various buildings in the town and along Main Street will be used for shooting. There may also be scenes where fake snow is generated, along with other industry-standard transformations.
Hagborg noted the filming will incorporate people from Stonewall as much as it possibly can. “Our (local) producer really focuses on supporting the local economy and on creating local employment, that’s why we have been working with a lot of your business owners as well, making sure that people are fairly compensated for any closures and making sure that everyone is informed,” she said.
As well, Hagborg said the production is still looking for people to work as extras on the set. All you have to do to apply is send your name, contact information and a recent photo of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
The movie will air on the Lifetime network in the U.S. and the W network in Canada this coming December.