Movie filming begins in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE – The filming of “The Pinewood Man” begins today in Barnesville. Gage G. Hanlon, the film’s director, said that the crew from the Savannah College of Art and Design arrived Wednesday evening. Preliminary production and a meeting with extras will take place today with filming scheduled to begin on Friday.

The film stars James Madio, whose latest movie is one directed by Clint Eastwood. The script was written by Ryan Dyson of Columbus, and the other producer is Kayla Jane Adams.

“The Pinewood Man” involves a man whose wife left him while he was on a Boy Scout camping trip with his son, and he uses the son’s upcoming Pinewood Derby Race to prove that he’s a winner. It’s described as a “dark and funny story.”

The crew will be busy filming interior scenes inside local homes and in the basement of the church on Friday and Saturday.

While filming on the first two days will not be accessible for the public, Hanlon invites anyone interested to come to Barnesville on Sunday afternoon to watch production. The crew will be filming on a set outside of the historic and iconic Presbyterian Church beginning around noon.

The First Presbyterian Church is located at 124 N Chestnut St, just north of the square on Route 800 in Barnesville.

“We are very thankful to the people of Barnesville for being so supportive,” said Hanlon. “I know it will be cold on Sunday, but we welcome the public to bundle up and come out to witness the process.”