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News Filming crews converge on Franklin community

Starting yesterday (Wednesday), film crews flooded into Macon County and closed down some streets in town for the filming of a movie garnering national buzz. Although the movie has no official title, it is being deemed “Loomis Fargo,” and is currently being filmed all over Western North Carolina.

The film’s location manager, Tom Parrish, contacted the Town of Franklin last week to inform them that letters had been sent out to residents around the Green Street area of Franklin informing them of the film’s production this week.

Newly hired Town Manager Summer Woodard confirmed Wednesday morning that both she and Mayor Bob Scott were informed that the movie would be shooting scenes in Franklin this week and would need the aid of Franklin Police Department to mark of streets during filming.

A doublewide trailer was set up by the film crew earlier in the week.“They will be filming throughout the day today (Wednesday) and will film one scene at Woodlawn Cemetery tomorrow (Thursday),” said Woodard. “They are getting the help of Police Chief David Adams to mark off some roads during certain parts of the filming.”

Police Chief David Adams confirmed that he received a request last week to assist film crews in setting up barricades and monitoring traffic this week as scenes for the movie are filmed.

The stars of the movie, which include Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig, have been spotted around Western North Carolina since the movie began filming and additional filming locations have been confirmed in Waynesville and around Asheville. Wilson was seen celebrating the Fourth of July in Asheville at the Asheville Tourist baseball game. Wilson was on the set in Franklin Wednesday morning.

Lyle Street was teeming with activity on Wednesday afternoon as electronic equipment and other supplies were being trucked in to this usually quiet community for the filming of a movie starring Owen Wilson.The movie, which is expected to hit theaters in the fall of 2015, follows a night guard (Galifianakis) at an armored car company in the southern U.S. as he organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

Although not confirmed, the comedy appears to be loosely based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery that took place in Charlotte, N.C., in which $17.3 million was stolen. After the October robbery of an armored car, an FBI investigation found eight people to be directly involved in the heist, as well as 16 others who unknowingly assisted in the robbery. At the time, the robbery was the largest cash robbery in the United States and 95 percent of the money was recovered.

The movie is being directed by Jared Hess who is best known for his work on "Napoleon Dynamite."

Additional filming locations have been confirmed in Waynesville and around Asheville. Photos provided

A “base camp” of sorts was set up in the Franklin Church of God parking lot, with travel trailers and supply trucks. Top photo, local police guard the intersection of Lyle and Gaston Streets. Photos by Vickie Carpenter


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