Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chris Cannon, director of communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hollywood headed to Georgia’s Rome
ROME, GA. — Romans walking the streets of Georgia’s Rome could bump into a Hollywood star this week as a major motion picture is filmed here. “Need for Speed,” a new motion picture by Dreamworks, will be filming in Rome and Floyd County Wednesday May 15 – Sunday May 19, announced the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The film stars Dominic Cooper, Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton and Imogen Poots. The plot follows a cross country race framed by a massive bounty.
Filming will take place on the Rome Bypass from Highway 27 to Blacks Bluff Road, Cave Spring Road, and Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Historic Downtown Rome.
The Rome Bypass from Highway 27 to Blacks Bluff Road will be closed for traffic from Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 18.
On Thursday, May 16, Cave Spring Road near Bagwell Road will see minor delays due to intermittent traffic control. All traffic will be temporarily stopped while filming takes place, and then will be released in-between each film shot.
Also on Thursday, Pennington Avenue at Myrtle Hill Cemetery will be closed between Myrtle Street and Branham Avenue from noon to 6pm. A funeral will be reenacted in the Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery during this time and the cemetery will be closed to the public.
A helicopter will be used for filming on all days of operation and may be flown closer than 500 feet from the ground, but the public will never be in danger.
“We are excited to welcome Dreamworks to town and roll out the red carpet for these production crews,” said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director. “These film crews inject money into all areas of our community, and they have put a special emphasis on keeping their money within Rome and Floyd County.”
“Need for Speed” will be released in spring of 2014. This is the first major motion picture to film in Rome since “Sweet Home Alabama” was filmed in 2001.
Rome and Floyd County are certified as a Camera Ready County through the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The program assists producers in finding quality locations throughout Georgia. Filming in Georgia has dramatically increased since the Georgia Entertainment Industry Act went into effect officering production companies up to 30 percent cost saving over filming in other states.
For more information on the filming schedule or about Rome and Floyd County, call the Rome – Floyd Visitor Center at 706-295-5576.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic fabric of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.