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By MATT LIPAROTA – mliparota@daily-chronicle.com

Zac Efron

Zac Efron

DeKalb County will be featured in a new movie being filmed later this year. Ramin Bahrani, award-winning director of films like “Man Push Cart” and “Chop Shop,” has announced he will film his next movie in the county. The film, currently untitled, is about a fourth-generation farming family, said Patricia Koffler, a producer with Killer Films. The patriarch of the family, played by Dennis Quaid, is driven to grow his business, while his son, played by Zac Efron, has ambitions outside of farming. This conflict is the basis of the film’s story, Koffler said. Koffler said that DeKalb County was chosen because “it’s just beautiful … the setting is exactly right for this film.” The film is already in production, said Debbie Armstrong, executive director of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, although she would not confirm where filming will take place. “At this point we need to respect their process,” Armstrong said, noting that at this point in production the filmmakers are not equipped to worry about crowd control. Koffler said filming should begin sometime this summer, and that small independent films usually hit theaters “about a year” after they’re done filming. Armstrong said that the bureau has been working with the filmmakers since February, during which time they were shown around the area and put in touch with local contacts. “We’re thrilled to have them,”

Dennis Quaid

Armstrong said. “We’re excited for what it will do for the county.” Armstrong said that she hopes to release more details about the film soon. More information about Bahrani, who was dubbed “director of the decade” by film critic Roger Ebert, can be found at http://www.noruzfilms.com. Representatives from Black Bear Pictures, listed as a production company attached to the film, could not be reached.

 

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