Business owners in downtown Marietta, Ga., are upset over the filming of Oprah Winfrey-produced “Selma.” They aren’t upset over the film, but are fuming over street closures, which they say have impacted their bottom line.
Phillip Duke, who owns the Lucky Draw tattoo shop, told the AJC, “They offered us $200 to shut down for the whole period. We’re like, are you crazy? We’ve got to pay the rent.”
A publicist for “Selma” told the AJC that the project was “trying to be super sensitive to the local businesses” and have been also working with the local film commission to ensure no disruption is caused.
“Selma” producer Jeremy Kleiner said “It is extraordinarily humbling to be here in Georgia, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., for the purpose of portraying, on film, the story of the courageous individuals who waged a historical battle – that is of course also a present-day battle – for the inexorably linked causes of social justice and civil rights.”