‘HOME­LAND’ SEA­SON 7 FILMS IN HOPEWELL

TV se­ries is lat­est of well-known pro­duc­tions work­ing in Tri-Cities

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Kate Gib­son Staff Writer

HOPEWELL — Yet an­other tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion rolled through the streets of this city last week.

Filming be­gan in down­town Hopewell on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, for sea­son seven of “Home­land,” Show­time’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed spy thriller TV se­ries.

Cam­era op­er­a­tors po­si­tioned

“We are thrilled to bring more pro­duc­tion work back to Hopewell. It’s a tes­ta­ment to our help­ful col­leagues in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the film friendly com­mu­nity spirit.” Andy Ed­munds, di­rec­tor of the Vir­ginia Film Of­fice

them­selves in­side of a wood-pan­eled Jeep Grand Wagoneer to cap­ture driv­ing scenes along the store­fronts of E. Broad­way Av­enue. Sec­tions of E. Broad­way Av­enue and Hopewell Street were closed off to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic while the pro­duc­tion crew was on-site.

Al­though the streets were closed to cars, peo­ple could still ac­cess build­ings on foot. How­ever, pedes­tri­ans had to wait for breaks in filming to ac­cess the shops so as not to dis­turb the scenes.

The pro­duc­tion group no­ti­fied business own­ers of these re­stric­tions in ad­vance and pro­vided com­pen­sa­tion to those af­fected.

Some busi­nesses, like Bur­nette’s Baked Goods, stayed open dur­ing the two days of filming.

“It was awe­some be­cause a lot of peo­ple came in and bought pies … crew mem­bers, new peo­ple that we haven’t seen,” said cashier Janetta Bey. “It brought a lot of at­ten­tion to the shop.”

Oth­ers, like Lisa’s Cafe, opted to close dur­ing this time due to re­duced foot traf­fic.

“They gave us a pa­per talk­ing about the sched­ule, and it was say­ing there was go­ing to be five minute in­ter­vals where peo­ple could walk on the street, so there was no point in open­ing,” said April Waters, as­sis­tant man­ager of Lisa’s Cafe.

The crew be­gan the process of stag­ing the build­ing fa­cades ear­lier in the week.

“In the be­gin­ning I thought that was just some­body re­mod­el­ing the build­ing … be­cause if you look, they’ve been open­ing lit­tle dif­fer­ent busi­nesses right here in down­town,” Hopewell res­i­dent Jeff Moo­galian said.

“Home­land,” is the lat­est in a string of well­known film or tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions to use the TriCi­ties as a lo­ca­tion. Steven Spiel­berg’s “Lin­coln,” Meg Ryan’s “Ithaca,” AMC’s “Turn: Wash­ing­ton’s Spies,” PBS’s “Mercy Street,” have all used the area for filming. In 2015, the film “Im­perium” star­ring Daniel Rad­cliffe was shot in Hopewell. Pro­duc­tion for a “Dirty Money” re­make was also sched­uled to be­gin this sum­mer.

Andy Ed­munds, di­rec­tor of the Vir­ginia Film Of­fice, cred­its the Hopewell’s wel­com­ing at­ti­tude for bring­ing this pro­duc­tion to an­other lo­ca­tion in the Tri-Cities.

“We are thrilled to bring more pro­duc­tion work back to Hopewell,” said Ed­munds. “It’s a tes­ta­ment to our help­ful col­leagues in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the film-friendly com­mu­nity spirit.”

[PHO­TOS BY SCOTT P. YATES/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

Pro­duc­tion crews work on the set of the tele­vi­sion se­ries, “Home­land” around E. Broad­way Street in Hopewell on Sept. 27.

Pro­duc­tion crews work on the set of the tele­vi­sion se­ries, “Home­land” around E. Broad­way Street in Hopewell.

[PHO­TOS BY SCOTT P. YATES/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

Pro­duc­tion crews work on the set of the tele­vi­sion se­ries, “Home­land” around E. Broad­way Street in Hopewell on Sept. 27

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