Sunday, January 5, 2014

Atlanta, the New Hollywood

 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

1 comment:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia Becoming the New Hollywood is indeed true to many people because of the fact that the place is now the center of film production which include box office winners such as the highest grossing franchise The Hunger Games and the newly-released drama-romance film Fifty Shades of Grey as well as such highly-rated TV series as The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries etc. I'm sure this creates more opportunity to the people living in the place and could attract more tourists. And this only means that more jobs, more money. Good job Atlanta! I will surely visit this place soon!