Georgia film industry

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Today on Political Rewind, with two recent appointments Gov. Brian Kemp looks to broaden and diversify Republican leadership in the state. 

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After Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp postponed a trip to Hollywood amid fallout over the abortion ban he signed into law, his Democratic rival Stacey Abrams is planning to go instead.

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Kyanna Simone Simpson shows no signs of stopping. The Decatur native and University of Georgia student's first Netflix series, Chambers, was just released. Her new film Ma, with Octavia Spencer, hits theaters May 31. And Oprah Winfrey told Vanity Fair she'd pick Simpson to portray her in a biopic. 

Simpson's previous credits include The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which she acted alongside Winfrey as the younger version of Winfrey's character, Deborah Lacks. She's also appeared as Keisha in the CW's Black Lightning.


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Some middle Georgia residents are seeing dollar signs as HBO films a new TV series in Macon.

WMAZ-TV reports production crews are preparing an area of downtown Macon to serve as a backdrop for "Watchmen," a show based on the acclaimed DC Comics series from 1986.

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As a cinematographer, Richard Vialet plays a central role in the way a movie looks. He told host Kalena Boller that requires understanding not just the set, but the surroundings … and the full story.

 

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Nathaniel Kendrick is a longtime electrician on film and television sets. He often works as a gafer, which is the head of the electrical department. They are the ones who bring lighting to sets.

Nathaniel says it is important to remember all the unsung heroes who paved the way for other cast and crew members of color. He talked with host Kalena Boller about some of the early African American electricians he’s worked with in Georgia.

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We start our second season of "The Credits" with an overview of how Georgia’s entertainment industry has become more inclusive.

The day before the Oscars, host Kalena Boller hosted a panel before a live audience at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. The timing couldn’t have been better. Georgia was well represented at the awards

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In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, predictions about who will win are usually running full tilt. This year, the guesses are about the show itself. The Academy that produces the awards has gone back and forth on a host, what categories will be presented during the live broadcast and whether all the best song nominees will perform.

Beth Ward, the TV, film and book editor for ArtsATL, and Kalena Boller, host of the GPB podcast "The Credits," both joined "On Second Thought" to share their predictions on which films will take home a golden statue this weekend. They also shared their ideas on performances they wish had been nominated, like Emily Blunt's role in the horror film, "A Quiet Place."

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If you see rows of trucks and traffic cones lining streets, they could signal new productions being filmed in Georgia. These projects, like HBO's upcoming comic book adaptation "Watchmen," contribute to Georgia's multi-billion dollar film industry.

 

Kalena Boller, host of GPB's "The Credits" podcast, joined "On Second Thought" to share her insider knowledge on new movies and television shows filmed in the state.


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Atlanta native Chad Darnell hits the stage as Hedwig in a new Atlanta production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," opening at the Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre on Jan. 10. The musical tells the story of Hedwig Robinson, a genderfluid German rock singer who navigates love, loss and identity.

 

Darnell joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the musical's impact over 20 years after its off-Broadway debut and why he's excited to perform in front of Atlanta audiences.

 


Terrell Sandefur

Terrell Sandefur has organized film festivals across the state in communities such as Atlanta, Rome, Columbus and Milledgeville. He even helped start the wildly popular Macon Film Festival, where he served as a film commissioner.

Sandefur tells host Kalena Boller about what it takes to make a film festival successful, and he shares his plans for spreading the word about Georgia's film industry at next month's Sundance Film Festival

Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and several Georgia-based productions are in the running. The list came as a "Boycott Georgia" hashtag is being used by some film industry insiders. Some are protesting the victory of Brian Kemp, while others say they're concerned about the religious freedom bill the governor-elect expressed support for on the campaign trail. Opponents say the proposed legislation would discriminate against the LGBTQ community. 

GPB's "The Credits" podcast host Kalena Boller spoke to "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the controversial issue.