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Film production takes downtown Covington to 1955
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Crews were in downtown Covington this week, filming “The Coat of Many Colors,” based on Dolly Parton’s 1971 single of the same name. The story spans a nine-month period when Parton was eight years old, and stars Alyvia Alyn Lind as Parton, Gerald McRaney as Rev. Jake Owens, her grandfather, and Ricky Schroder and Jennifer Nettle as Robert Lee and Alvie Lee Parton, her parents.

Though traffic was not shut down around the square, caution signs were erected. Filming took place not only on the square, but some surrounding streets, as well as the county-owned Gaither Plantation. The production company, Magnolia Productions, will evidently return in the spring to film another production at Gaither Plantation.

“Coat of Many Colors,” will air on NBC on Dec. 10, from 9 to 11 p.m.

The film is the first in a series of two-hour television films based on Parton’s life, songs and stories, part of a deal between Parton’s and Sam Haskell’s production company, Magnolia Hill Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and NBC. Parton’s next NBC film is expected to be based on “Jolene.”

Extras of all ages and sizes, including 2 year old bi-racial baby boy, a 2-year-old Indian baby, and females ages 25 through 5 to work on the movie “Mother’s Day,” directed by Garry Marshall and starring Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston. Filming is set for Sept. 10. For more information, contact

The supernatural drama, “Stranger Things,” starring Winona Ryder, the first Netflix series to be  shot in Atlanta. David Harbour plays the male lead. The story is set in the 1980s and is centered on the disappearance of a young boy and mysteries involving top secret experiments, supernatural forces and a strange little girl.

Scheduled to begin production in fall with filming in Covingtno at the Basseette , the eight episode series will air in 2016.

Jack Black stars as himself trapped in a series of adventures, “Jumanji” style, based on stories by children’s author, R. L. Stine of “Goosebumps” fame. The film will be released Oct. 16 and local movie goers may recognize Atlanta sites like the carousel at the Atlanta zoo, Madison courthouse in Morgan County, and park areas in Decatur and Inman, all used for location shots in 2014 when the film was made.