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Netflix series filming creates stir, prompts possible new ordinance in Jasper



 New signs have made some people think this building that’s been empty for years is now open, with officials saying a few passersby have pulled in to grab a bite. New signs have been installed here and at the motel across the street for filming of Netflix’s Pieces of Her, based on a book by the same name. 

     No, the new signs don’t mean the East Church Street building is now open to the public. The façade renovations are strictly for a Netflix series being filmed there and at the Budget Inn across the road for portions of three days through July 15. 

Since filming of Pieces of Her was announced, officials say they have been inundated with calls about the project, including people concerned about road closure and detours, and how it would impact businesses.

The filming also came up in discussion at the July council meeting, with city attorney David Syfan advising that council consider adopting an ordinance that would allow them to handle requests for filming consistently. Syfan said as Georgia has become a hub for movie-making, other cities have adopted such ordinances to handle production companies and issues like road closures. 

“I could see this could be something that could come up again and again,” Syfan said, noting the aesthetic appeal of Pickens and Jasper’s rural, mountainous community. 

Following a question from council member Jim Looney, Syfan said it would be nice to have consistent filming policies in the city of Jasper and in Pickens County as a whole. 

That section of Highway 53 Business/Church Street will be closed intermittently between Old Tate Road and Bell Avenue, with traffic to be detoured down Old Tate Street. The road will be closed on Tuesday, July 13 from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Then again on July 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

The production company worked with GDOT, and local governments and law officials to coordinate the closure.