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Film shoot has Dalton abuzz

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -

Light, camera, action!

Rosemary Jaspers' hair salon in Dalton is buzzing over a film crew coming to town.

"Always exposure. We need that for our little, well, big town, now," says Jaspers. "We have some great people here."

In her 38 years in business she can't remember a movie ever being filmed downtown.

READ MORE | Crew to film movie scenes in downtown Dalton Thursday

It's happening on Hamilton Street where the Waugh Street bridge crosses, and is sure to attract attention once the crew sets up and the director shouts "Action"!

Heidi Ingle owns an art studio next door.

"I know that always draws a crowd. So, I think it's great that the filming is starting to show up in this area," says Ingle.

The movie is called Anathema. It's a small-budget suspense-thriller starring a couple names that might sound familiar--Angie Everhart and Patricia McKenzie. They've appeared in dozens of movies and television shows since the 1990s.

The Victorian-era Felker House on Thornton Avenue has served as the set for some scenes already.

Thursday night's shoot takes place outdoors, so Bruce Frazier with the Dalton Police Department doesn't want anyone in the area to be scared or confused.

"They're going to be running around downtown, staging fights. They're going to have some prop guns and thinks like that, which is the sort of thing that somebody passing by might get alarmed about," says Frazier.

He says streets are not expected to blocked off and officers will stick to their normal patrols.

"Of course, if we do get a call tonight we'll cruise by and check it out and make sure that nothing else is going on," adds Frazier.

North Georgia has been a popular place in recent years for television and cinema backdrops, such as in Water for Elephants and The Walking Dead.

"We have the mountains and the landscape and everything," says Ingle. "We have wonderful people. Southerners are the best."

Jaspers might stay up to sneak a peek at the production.

"We don't have those plans, but that can be changed," states Jaspers. "I think that would be fun."

The shoot begins around 11 p.m. Thursday and is expected to wrap up around 3 a.m. Friday. The film is expected to be released in September of 2016.

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