Filming a movie in Albany means big economic boost

Oak-lined streets are just one appeal for moviemakers

City leaders say Albany's appeal to the movie industry is picking up. You still won't spot famous actors in Albany on any given day, but things are a little different this week.

"Georgia is becoming the next Hollywood state," said Rashelle Beasley, Albany Conventions and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center Manager.

Jennifer Garner and Diane Weiss are in the area filming Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." Garner has the lead role in the movie. Barbara Rivera Holmes with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission said, "Anytime that you have people coming into your community to visit it's a positive."

Businesses from hotels and restaurants all stand to profit from the production.

"When they come into town, they stay in our hotels. If they need extra crews those people are hired here from Albany. That creates jobs," said Beasley.

It was the serene backdrop that drew Disney to town. However, the scenery isn't all the city has on the table. Several Christian films have also been shot in the area.

"The Sherwood films really put Albany on the map," said Holmes.

Locals are hoping tourists will follow suit and come to see what the Good Life City has to offer.