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Will the Games return? Tourism head: Possibility county hosts filming of 'Mockingjay'

September 21, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 21--Could scenes of "Mockingjay Part 1," the third Hunger Games movie, be filmed in Cleveland County?

It's possible, said Jackie Sibley, director of travel and tourism for the county.

"The film commission is certainly working with Lionsgate to ensure that we at least get to scout the site for the third one," Sibley said.

She said she is currently working with several film projects right now, but the film studios are tight-lipped about what the films are.

The reaping scenes from the first "Hunger Games" movie were filmed in Shelby at the site of the P&M Warehouse on South Lafayette Street. Additional scenes were filmed in uptown Shelby. And that filming in Shelby was documented as part of bonus footage on the film's DVD and Blu-ray release.

Last year, nearly 30 tours of the Hunger Games filming site were given in Shelby, Sibley said.

'Girl Scouts from all over the region coming'

This year, Cleveland County is hosting a regional Girl Scouts event on the site where the "Hunger Games" scenes were filmed in Shelby.

The event will be Nov. 23 to coincide with the release of "Catching Fire," the second in the film series, and will teach Scouts about archery.

"We have Girl Scouts from all over the region coming and we have instructors in archery coming," Sibley said. "We're going to be making Mockingjay pins."

Sibley said the group will also be able to tour the site and see how the set was built, "to get an idea of how Hollywood works."

More than 100 Scouts are expected to attend the event. They will get the chance to make their own bows and arrows and see Katniss Everdeen's actual bow from the movie. Participants must be registered Girl Scouts.

'See the sequel to the Hunger Games'

The Carmike Cinema in Shelby has also partnered with the local event, allowing Sibley to preorder tickets for the showing of "Catching Fire." The movie was filmed in Georgia, Hawaii and New Jersey.

"The group that is old enough to see the movie will get to go to the Carmike and see the sequel to the Hunger Games," she said.

Sibley said since the release of the movie "Brave" and the Hunger Games series, girls have becoming increasingly interested in archery.

"The Girl Scouts have had a real surge of interest in it," she said. "We look forward to a lot of Girl Scouts from outside the county coming and enjoying this event."

Timeline

Spring 2011: 'The Hunger Games' is filmed in Shelby.

March 2012: The film is released in the U.S. With a budget of $78 million, it grosses more than $400 million and thrusts star Jennifer Lawrence into international spotlight.

Lawrence has since won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ('Silver Lingings Playbook').

Nov. 22, 2013: 'Catching Fire,' the second in the four-part film series, will be released nationwide.

How to sign up for the Girl Scouts Hunger Games event:

Event: For registered Girl Scouts only; includes a participation badge, archery instruction, movie set tours, bow and arrow crafts and more.

When: 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Nov. 23; movie at 7 p.m.

Movie tickets: $7, must be pre-purchased; meals not provided

Event tickets: $15 per girl; $5 for each additional girl; parents free; $20 for non-registered girls

Register at: http://www.planetreg.com/E98162435126179

Information: Liz Popwell at epopwe01@gmail.com or 704-297-9027

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