Film makers drop big bucks in Piedmont
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.