The straight-to-DVD film “Hamlet and Hutch” starring Reynolds has scenes from inside County Line United Methodist Church, just outside the city limits of Acworth.
It was the only location in the county used for filming, according to Holly Bass with Cobb Travel and Tourism. The remainder of the filming will take place in Cartersville, and south of Blue Ridge, said Stephanie Paupeck of the Georgia Film Office.
The movie is about the struggles and triumphs of a single mother, her child, dog and grandfather, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and moves into a nursing home. It’s a low-budget film, according to Paupeck, but directors Matthew Young and Carleton Holt expect success.
Young, of Marietta-based Brothers Young Productions, and Holt, of Marietta-based Granite Digital Imaging, co-directed the film.
“On March 12, Mr. Holt asked if he could take a look at our sanctuary as a location for some scenes for an upcoming movie,” said the Rev. Scott Pickering in an online church newsletter. “After a quick glance, he asked to use it.”
The church has arched layers of ceiling leading to the altar and large windows letting in natural light, Pickering said. The combination made it a draw for filming.
Pickering said Reynolds, 77, plays the part of the grandfather, Papa Hutch, who begins to reclaim his glory years through the adoption of a greyhound. It’s a family-appropriate film that Pickering plans to show at the church after it’s released.
“Filming was an all-day affair,” he said. “Burt (Reynolds) is in two scenes in the church, but other actors have scenes there, too. The crew got there around 9:30 a.m. and left before 10 p.m.”
Pickering and other church staff members kept the filming quiet so as not to disturb the process, he said. He wanted the crew’s experience at the church to be worry-free.