Lily Sal­va­tore re­turn­ing to Mystic Falls

The Covington News - - NEWS - SAN­DRA BRANDS sbrands@cov­news.com San­dra Brands keeps up to date on all the latest film­ing in and around “Hol­ly­wood of the South,” Cov­ing­ton, and Ge­or­gia. She can be reached at SBrands@cov­news.com.

In the wake of Nina Do­brev’s de­par­ture from ”The Vam­pire Di­aries,” last sea­son, pro­duc­ers are bring­ing Lily Sal­va­tore (An­nie Wer­sching), mother of Damon (Ian Somer­halder) and Ste­fan (Paul Wes­ley), back in all her mis­chief mak­ing glory for Sea­son 7. De­tails are vague, but it’s an­tic­i­pated that Mama Sal­va­tore will shake things up in Mystic Falls.

Crew calls have gone out for the lo­cal film­ing of HBO’s up­com­ing mini-se­ries, “Un­daun­hted Courage,” star­ring Casey Af­fleck as Meri­wether Lewis and Matthias Schoe­naerts as Wil­liam Clark. The mini-se­ries, sched­uled for a 2016 re­lease, is based on the book by Stephen Am­brose and tells the story of the Corps of Dis­cov­ery and its cap­tains as they trav­eled through un­charted ter­ri­tory in search of a fa­bled wa­ter route to the Pa­cific. Some of the scenes will be shot in Cony­ers and the Rock­dale area. Crew re­sumes should be sent to lewisand­clarkatl@gmail.com.

Ev­ery­day he­roes needed. A new tele­vi­sion se­ries seeks nom­i­na­tions to spotlight some­one who has sac­ri­ficed for the good of their friends, fam­ily and com­mu­nity in some way. The show will re­unite the nom­i­nee with an item from their past that was got­ten rid of, or has been lost. For more in­for­ma­tion and to speak with a cast­ing pro­ducer, email items­forheroes@gmail.com with your name, lo­ca­tion, a brief de­scrip­tion of the per­son you are nom­i­nat­ing and a de­scrip­tion of an item. The show is be­ing pro­duced by the same folks who pro­duce “Pawn Starts,” “Amer­i­can Restora­tion” and “Count­ing Cars.”

A doc­u­men­tary film, The Founders, about the 13 fe­male golfers who founded the LPGA, was filmed at the Can­dler Park Golf Course on July 7. Pro­duced by the At­lanta-based Eleven 11 Films, the doc­u­men­tary, made in part­ner­ship with the non­profit Women Make Movies, is seek­ing do­na­tions and sup­port. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://www.the­founder­s­film.com/.

Stand-ins are be­ing sought for “Mir­a­cles from Heaven,” a Chris­tian fam­ily movie based on the true story of Christy Mean’s daugh­ter, who mirac­u­lously over­came a rare med­i­cal dis­or­der. Film­ing starts in At­lanta on July 13 through Aug. 28.

Adam San­dler will be com­ing to Sa­van­nah to film the sec­ond of four films he’s mak­ing with Net­flix. Called “The Do-Over,” the film is about two down-on-their-luck guys who de­cided to fake their own death, only to find out the peo­ple they’re now pre­tend­ing to be are even more down-on-their-luck.

Ac­cord­ing to the non­profit Film L.A., Ge­or­gia now ranks third in U.S. film pro­duc­tion, com­ing in be­hind only Cal­i­for­nia and New York in 2014. For the last few years, prior to the up­set, Louisiana had been listed as the num­ber one film­ing lo­ca­tion in the world; it now ranks num­ber seven. Ge­or­gia was only two movies away from com­ing in above Cal­i­for­nia. The 2014 study looked at movies pro­duced by 11 stu­dios—Dis­ney, Warner Broth­ers, Uni­ver­sal, Para­mount, Sony, 20th Cen­tury Fox, Dreamworks, Lion­s­gate, The Weinstein Co., Sum­mit En­ter­tain­ment and Rel­a­tiv­ity—and 106 movies.

The 2015 Sum­mer Film In­ten­sive, a hands-on film­mak­ing pro­gram in the 100 year old Eye-drum fa­cil­ity in down­town At­lanta, be­gins Mon­day, July 6 and runs through Fri­day, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ar­ti­zen Com­pany, in part­ner­ship with Eye-drum Art and Mu­sic, are spon­sor­ing the pro­gram for the sec­ond year in a row, giv­ing par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop and pro­duce orig­i­nal short films with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. The pro­gram is open to youth, 12 through 18 in­ter­ested in a fo­cused and col­lab­o­ra­tive film­mak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in front of and/or be­hind the cam­era. The fee for the full ses­sion is $1,100; $350 per week, two weeks min­i­mum. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit The Ar­ti­zen Com­pany’s web site (http://www.thearti­zen­com­pany.com/), or email thearti­zen­com­pany@gmail.com.

Film­ing in metro At­lanta con­tin­ues on “Sleep­less Night,” star­ring Jamie Foxx, “Mena,” star­ring Tom Cruise, and “The Founder,” star­ring Michael Keaton. Ex­tras are be­ing sought for both. Those in­ter­ested should check out Pro­ject Back­stage or Free Au­di­tion web sites.

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