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Making a "Joyful Noise"
Film starring Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah shoots in Conyers
David Bruce Smith, Scenic Artist, Athens Resident, he is aging the lettering. He was part of the three person crew who painted the faux brick and faux grout for the Hoover Hardware Store building. It took two and a half days to change the building. "I just came off of X-Men, a 300 million dollar budget, as big of a movie it was, I am more proud of that hardware store than anything I touched on X-Men." - photo by Photo by Robert Porter

Conyers goes in front of a camera lens starting today as the crew from the upcoming feature film “Joyful Noise” start filming at noon Wednesday.

The film stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in a comedy about their efforts to save a small town gospel choir group. That fictional small town, Pacashau, will be portrayed by Olde Town Conyers.

Location scouts brought Conyers to the attention of the director. “We had some wide shots of the streets, and we wanted a specific look of a specific town,” said media liaison David Fulton, “and this worked out perfectly.”

The scene in Conyers will be between actors Jeremy Jordan, playing a singer named Randy, and Paul Woolfolk, playing guitarist Manny.

The streets in Olde Town will be closed for filming from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Center and Commercial Streets will be blocked starting around 6 a.m.

Storefronts along Center Street have been transformed to portray the fictional Georgia town in the movie and store owners are being compensated for the use of their stores.

The Olde Town Art Gallery has been transformed into a furniture store, and the awning of Borage Grill was taken down as it was turned into a shoe store. A hardware store front was created, complete with fake brickwork, in just two days.

The production will also use Pine Log Park and Centennial Olympic Parkway in the Georgia International Horse Park as locations.

“We’re very excited to have them here,” Conyers city spokesperson Jennifer Edwards said.

Fulton said shooting for the movie, produced by Alcon Productions and distributed by Warner Brothers, began in January and will wrap by April. The movie has also shot scenes in Paulding, Coweta, Fayette counties and in Atlanta. The tentative release date is January 2012.

Conyers has recently been the site of several film productions, from commercials to feature films such as the Fast Five, the fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious series.