A Thomasville-based motion picture production company is kicking off its second feature film to be filmed locally in as many years.
In early January, Thomasville Pictures began assembling production and technical staff, with pre-production and location scouting already under way on a film project entitled “One Way” that will star Kevin Bacon, Travis Fimmel and Colson Baker, more commonly known as Machine Gun Kelly.
Thomasville native and executive producer Allen Cheney said this week he was excited to bring another motion picture project to his hometown, resulting in more positive impact on his home community.
The new action-thriller film features a script by Ben Conway, and the film’s director is Andrew Baird.
The action centers on Baker’s character making a run with a bag of cash after a robbery of a major crime boss goes wrong. Nursing a potentially fatal wound, the fugitive leaves town on a bus heading from Florida into Georgia, only to be betrayed by his father, played by Bacon.
All photography will take place in Thomasville, and the film project will employ 129 individuals.
“This is a special project that we are thrilled to bring to Thomasville,” said producer Ryan Smith. "Our team currently has three pictures slated for production on the ground here this year. We are excited to see the dream of production in south Georgia becoming a reality.”
In 2019, Thomasville Pictures brought a film project to the community based on Kate DiCamillo’s bestseller, “The Tiger Rising,” with principal production completed in Thomasville and other south Georgia locations, featuring Dennis Quaid, Queen Latifah, Katharine McPhee and Christian Convery, among others.
The estimated local economic impact of that film topped more than $1.5 million, according to local economic developers.
“After the amazing success of ‘The Tiger Rising’ last year, I’m so excited to be back with our second Thomasville Pictures feature film,” author and filmmaker Cheney said Thursday. “We’ve officially begun pre-production in Thomasville and will begin filming in February.”
In addition to the professional actors, crew and support personnel, the project will also employ area residents in support roles and as local background actors and extras to complete the cast. Although COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will impact the production, some 50 extras will be needed for various scenes.
Smith and Cheney said those needs include male and female background actors of all ages and demographics.
Locals interested in being part of the film project can get more information and make application for support or extra roles by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.