Posted by April May, ATLANTA, GA – When people think of Atlanta they typically don’t think about film-making and yet it’s become a hub for it. Yes, Atlanta is a hot spot for filming. Films made here include “Identity Thief” with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, “Flight” featuring Denzel Washington, “Trouble with the Curve” featuring Clint Eastwood, and “Madea’s Witness Protection” produced by Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry, an Atlanta native, also has a film studio here.
Despite Paul Walker’s tragic death, “Fast and Furious” was recently filming downtown, with props and crew members descending on Georgia State University’s campus. Although it’s exciting, it also creates traffic jams and other inconveniences. For students and workers commuting downtown, roads and parking lots are closed, intersections blocked, and buses re-routed. And when classes let out at Georgia State the scene becomes chaotic. But films bring publicity to the city and also revenue. With more revenue, the city prospers – so maybe the sewer system can get fixed.
April May is a Sociology major at Georgia State University. She can be contacted at Amay5@student.gsu.edu