A riot go­ing on in Cedar­town

Main Street plays part in HBO pi­lot

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

It looked like a real riot was go­ing on in downtown Cedar­town, but it was all just for show.

Main Street was shut down for a two-day shoot for what will hope­fully be­come a full-fledged HBO se­ries fol­low­ing the Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day, and if the show is picked up for a sea­son the filmmakers will likely be back for more.

A block in downtown Cedar­town was trans­ported back in time ahead of the road clo­sure, and all day Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day the crews brought in ex­tras, props, an­i­mals and even py­rotech­nics to recre­ate the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot as part of a pi­lot for a new se­ries.

More de­tails are avail­able – mostly based on on­line re­port­ing from fan web­sites – that this past week’s visit is part of a planned se­ries based on the 1986 graphic novel “The Watch­men.”

Va­ri­ety.com re­ports that vet­eran show run­ner Da­mon Lin­de­lof from “Lost” will be head­ing up the se­ries, and this first episode is be­ing di­rected by Ni­cole Kas­sell, who has worked on sev­eral HBO shows in the past.

Those un­fa­mil­iar with “Watch­men”

can re­fer to the 2009 movie made by Zack Sny­der, or can pick up the graphic novel writ­ten by Alan Moore and Dave Gib­bons. The brief syn­op­sis of the DC Comics prop­erty is that in an al­ter­nate his­tory, the United States has won the Viet­nam War and a plot is un­der­way to push the world to­ward World War III. In this world, su­per­heroes ex­ist and have played a part in chang­ing the course of the world’s events.

The pi­lot was or­dered in Septem­ber 2017, and shoot­ing be­gan this month around the state of Ge­or­gia, in­clud­ing Ma­con. Cedar­town took part in the shoot as part of the re­cre­ation of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, which took place 97 years ago al­most to the day that the pro­duc­tion wrapped up lo­cally.

Cedar­town was cho­sen due to the ar­chi­tec­ture of one of the build­ings downtown which closely matched a the­ater in Tulsa de­stroyed dur­ing the riot.

More than 300 ex­tras were brought downtown for film­ing, and streets were shut­tered from mid­night of May 30 through mid­night of June 1. Most busi­nesses also re­mained closed for the two-day shoot.

If the pi­lot gets picked up by HBO for a full sea­son, pro­duc­tion of­fi­cials said that Cedar­town might get more screen time as part of a full run.

/ Kevin Myrick

Cedar­town took on the role of the Tulsa, Ok­la­homa neigh­bor­hood named Green­wood to shoot scenes from a riot that took place there fol­low­ing Me­mo­rial Day 1921 for an HBO pi­lot.

/ Kevin Myrick

Top: An­tique cars fully re­stored and in many cases run­ning were brought in to add to the ef­fect of 1921 Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, as Cedar­town was trans­formed for film­ing dur­ing a two-day shoot for an HBO pi­lot on Main Street Chuck Mor­ris and Bill Lundy...

A down­pour sent film crew mem­bers and ex­tras scram­bling for cover around the lunch hour on May 30, and not long af­ter the weather cleared for ev­ery­one to re­turn to work. Some of the ef­fects were washed away dur­ing the storm. One of the ex­tras in­volved...

Kevin Myrick /

The spe­cial ef­fects of death and de­struc­tion in a 1921 riot in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa were made real in Cedar­town for two days of film­ing on Main Street.

ABOVE LEFT: Pro­duc­tion crews wait around for the next round of re­hearsals on Wed­nes­day, May 30 to film ac­tion scenes for a pi­lot in downtown Cedar­town on Main Street. In­cluded in the crowd was Cedar­town City Man­ager Bill Fann. Lo­cal res­i­dents sat out...

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