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'Get On Up' is getting around town

November 23, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 23--NATCHEZ -- Filming for the James Brown biopic, "Get On Up," in downtown Natchez that was postponed earlier this week is slated for Monday throughout the day.

Executive producer Trish Hofmann said inclement weather throughout the week stalled the filming originally set for Wednesday.

Movie officials will transform portions of downtown Monday on Franklin Street, between Pearl and Union streets, and on Commerce Street, between Jefferson and Main streets.

The filming will transform the streets of downtown Natchez into 1942 Georgia and 1965 Cincinnati.

The scenes depicting 1942 will require movie officials to put dirt on the streets and bring in chickens, goats and other animals.

The 1965 scene, Hofmann said, will bring several vintage cars from the era to the streets.

The areas where movie officials will be filming Monday will be blocked off to public access, and traffic will be rerouted around the areas throughout the afternoon.

Hofmann said postponing the downtown filming didn't throw the movie officials off schedule and that everyone is pleased with weather conditions thus far.

"I'm really not complaining because I've been on movie sets where we had four hurricanes," she said. "So compared to that, this is nothing."

Crews have been filming throughout the week at Magnolia Mall for the opening scene of the film and at First Baptist Church Natchez for other scenes.

Crews will continue filming in Natchez through Dec. 20 before taking a break for the holidays and picking back up from Jan. 6 through 24 in Jackson.

Ben Hillyer -- The Natchez Democrat -- Movie crews build a general store facade on the front of a building on Reynolds Street in Natchez near the Natchez City Cemetery. Builders were busy constructing doors, windows and signage.

Ben Hillyer -- The Natchez Democrat -- Movie crews build a general store facade on the front of a building on Reynolds Street in Natchez near the Natchez City Cemetery. Builders were busy constructing doors, windows and signage.

The film, which is being directed by Mississippian Tate Taylor, who also directed the Academy Award-nominated film "The Help," will depict Brown's life from when he was nearly 5 years old in 1938 until he was about 60 in 1993.

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