Film makers drop big bucks in Piedmont

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Shooting is over for the feature film "You Are Here" starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler and producers say they spent more than $8 million just in our state.

Rebecca Clark with the Piedmont Triad Film Commission says, "in terms of economic impact this is one of the most substantial impacts a film crew has had on this region in a long time."

Producers say they spent most of the money on things like renting space for shooting, car and equipment rentals, salary for local crew, and hotel rooms.

At Winston-Salem's Sundance Plaza, "60 percent was them so that's good," says Walter Smith the hotel's general manager.

The Sundance estimates the crew paid more than $160,000 in the 3 months they stayed at the hotel.   

But spending money to make the movie happen isn't the only financial gain the area saw, local bars, restaurants and nightclubs in downtown Winston-Salem say the stars and crew spent a lot of money there too.

Jennifer Manner the owner of Mozelle's Bistro on Fourth Street says, "they would come in groups of maybe 6 to 10 at any given time several times a week."

Manner says the stars weren't the only ones coming in, business was hope because of people hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars. 

The Piedmont Triad Film Commission says this has been a great year for film making in this area. Clark says TV movies and feature films have spent more here this year than in years past.