Macon Movies! - Lifetime Returns to Downtown Macon in Nov. for "The Trip to Bountiful"
The Lifetime TV network will be filming movie scenes on location in downtown Macon, Georgia at the historic Terminal Station during the first week of November 2013, according to Chris Floore, Director of Public Affairs for the City of Macon.
The network movie, an adaptation of Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful," will film scenes at the historic downtown Macon train station on Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, the City spokesman stated. He said the production company would begin to set up for filming by moving equipment into the area at Seventh and Cherry streets Friday night, November 1.
Filming is not anticipated to require any street closings, according to Floore, but there may be some brief delays near Terminal Station during production while equipment is moved between the filming location and nearby staging areas. Most of the Macon shots will be filmed at Terminal Station, either inside or outside the building, and the remainder of the production will be filmed in Atlanta through the month of November.
According to published reports, including an October 23rd report from Playbill.com and a casting notice on Backstage.com, the film will feature Tony winner Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams. Both actresses starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of the play, which closed its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on October 9 after a total of 178 performances.
The play was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Actress in a Play (Cicely Tyson), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Condola Rashad), Best Sound Design for a Play (John Gromada) and Best Revival of a Play. Tyson won the Tony Award for her performance as Mother Carrie Watts in the theatrical adaptation, as well as the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.
A previous production of "The Trip to Bountiful" starred Geraldine Page, who won a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance and was reportedly praised by award presenter F. Murray Abraham at the time of the ceremony as "the finest actress in the world." Lifetime has described the upcoming film version of the family drama as follows: "A woman's determination to go home one last time restores hope and faith to her family."
In recent years, Macon, Georgia has been growing in popularity as a film location, and the work of the Macon Film Commission has been aided by the hospitable climate made possible by the state and local governments and organizations. Following The Gateway Macon Initiative's 2011 Macon Shorts film competition, which attracted additional attention to the Macon-Bibb area as a film location--and entries from filmmakers hailing from locations such as New York, London, Los Angeles, Kansas, Georgia, and Japan--Macon has been chosen as the location for production of several feature films, including the upcoming "Need for Speed," due in theatres next spring.
This spring, downtown Macon's historic Terminal Station was featured in the film “42,” a biopic of baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, which filmed on location in Macon last year. With "The Trip to Bountiful," the Lifetime network is making its second trip to Macon for film production within the year, as the network also filmed scenes at the Hay House for the recently-aired TV movie “Witches of East End,” starring Julia Ormond.
View production shots of the filming of "42" on location in Macon, Georgia in our photo gallery here, or read more about recent and upcoming films shot here in Macon.