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Alabama lands role in ‘Selma’ after record year for production activity

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Coming off a record year for movie and television production activity, Alabama is preparing for its role in the filming of “Selma,” a major motion picture focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King’s epic struggle to secure voting rights.

The Alabama Film Office announced today that portions of the movie project, which is backed by production companies affiliated with Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and others, will be filmed in Selma and Montgomery this summer. Filming also will take place in Georgia.

Paramount Pictures and Pathe this week announced that principal photography has commenced on “Selma,” which is being directed by Ava DuVernay. According to the current production schedule, the Alabama Film Office said four days of shooting in June will take place in Selma, with one day set for Montgomery. The Selma filming will include scenes shot on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where marchers clashed with troopers. The Montgomery filming is expected to be centered on Dexter Avenue, where King also led marchers.

“The fact that this major movie is being partly filmed in Alabama indicates that the profile of the state continues to rise in the motion picture industry,” said Kathy Faulk, manager of the Alabama Film Office. “We saw more movie and television activity in 2013 than ever before, and with “Selma” and other projects, we are positioned for another banner year.”

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