Filming for Big Stone Gap movie kicks off Saturday - WRBL

Filming for Big Stone Gap movie kicks off Saturday


After nearly 15 years in the making the filming of the major motion picture "Big Stone Gap" kicked off Saturday.

But driving in to the small Virginia town, you would never know a movie was in the making.

That's the way it seemed the production of the film want to keep it. There were no movie trailers in sight.

We finally found the action on a residential street just off the main road in to town. Producers quickly kicked us off of the street.

     We met a few others who seemed to have the same trouble. Eric and Angie Johnson drive from Kingsport because they said it's not every day you get to see a movie made just an hour down the road.  "We were hoping to maybe see some of the action, see if there was a meet and greet," Eric Johnson said

 "We didn't get to see," Angie said. "Apparently it's not very open to the public right now."

Once production wrapped up we went back to that street and talked to one couple who had a front row seat to the action

     "A lady came to the door kind of late last night and said that there was going to be a lot of activity going on in the roadway in front of our house early in the morning like 6 or 7am," Neil Davis said.

       Production was set up right in front of the Davis' driveway.

     "It was astonishing how many vehicles and how much equipment it took, meanwhile I had to miss out on my barber's appointment," Davis said.

     Davis and his wife Norma have lived in Big Stone Gap for more than three decades and are fans of the book and say they're hopeful for the movie.

     "It'll make Big Stone Gap more widely known. I don't know what it'll do for the community. Anything will help our community right now because it's down on its back," Davis said.

     He said the book was a great representation for the town and he hopes the movie will be the same.


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