Disney movie filming in Savannah to impact areas downtown

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A Disney movie filming entirely in Savannah is expected to impact some downtown locations later this year.

The movie, with the production title “Goodbye Stranger,” will be filming in Factors Walk near Wet Willies and Johnson and Wright squares, according to the city.

Filming is expected to begin September 10, lasting through December.

The city has released maps of areas that may be affected by filming. Officials say they have already been working with local residents, businesses and places of worship that could be impacted.

On Thursday, the film’s producers attended a City Council Workshop at City Hall. They told council the movie is a love story that’s set in the 1910 era.

Executive Producer Diane Sabatini, with Collar Free Productions, said the team selected Savannah because of its historic architecture and beautiful squares. She added that it looks like the city is “sprinkled with magic.”

The film’s crew has requested to make some cosmetic changes to their filming locations downtown. They plan to remove some sidewalk signs, bike racks and benches and add gas streetlights flags and other era-appropriate props.

According to the city, “Goodbye Stranger” is expected to bring a $20 million stimulus to the local economy. The production company will be hiring local employees, utilizing local businesses and donating unused materials to area nonprofits.

“The fact that the production company elected to film entirely in Savannah is a real testament to our locations, local crew and the filming community,” said Susan Broker, director at the Office of Special Events, Film and Tourism in a news release.

“Projects like these certainly stimulate the economy; but beyond that, they put people to work and Savannah on the map,” she added.

The city says businesses and residents who may be affected by filming will receive a notification one month in advance with follow-ups two weeks and 48 hours prior to filming.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the City’s Office of Special Events, Film and Tourism at (912) 351-3837.  

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