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Crews continue to film a major motion picture in Fondren

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The heart of Fondren was transformed into a movie set, as crews continued to film a major motion picture Thursday.

It was all for the movie "The Help," based on a best-selling novel by Jackson native Kathryn Stockett. The book is set in the capitol city in the 1960s.

Businesses on State Street were revitalized to look as if they were set in that era. Many received a facelift, complete with new signs, paint, and awnings.

State Street was closed to traffic between Fondren Place and Broadway Avenue until 2 PM Thursday for the filming.

But onlookers said they don't mind the small inconvenience.

"It means I am living where everything is happening," said Laurie McCarthy, a Fondren resident. "You know, I live in this area, I think it's great Jackson's getting more national attention."

"I think they're going for some authenticity, but I also think it's a nice recognition of what Mississippi has to offer. It's especially nice that it's right here in the Fondren neighborhood, where a lot of the charm from the era is still here," said Don Penzien, a Fondren resident.

Crews are also scheduled to film at the state capitol Thursday. On Friday, they'll roll the cameras at Greenwood Cemetery and the Mayflower Café in downtown Jackson.

The film is scheduled to come out sometime next year.

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