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Friday, September 11, 2009 - 1:17pm

Redford To Return To Savannah

Updated: 5 years ago.
Robert Redford last filmed in Georgia in 1999 with "The Legend of Baggar Vance." Savannah and Jekyll Island were both featured. (photo Steve Jurvetson)

Movie director Robert Redford will return to Savannah, ten-years after choosing the coastal city for the golfing film "The Legend of Baggar Vance." The City of Savannah announced Friday that Redford's new movie, a Civil War feature called "The Conspirator," will be shot in the Savannah area. Filming is scheduled to begin in mid-October and will continue through November.

"We are very excited about the positive impact this project will have on our community," Savannah Tourism and Film Director Jay Self said. "The economic impact of production will be in the millions. The wide exposure such projects bring can pay dividends for years."

Set against the ominous backdrop of post-Civil War Washington, "The Conspirator" follows the extraordinary trial of Mary Surratt, the lone woman among those charged with conspiring to kill Abraham Lincoln. Idealistic young war hero Frederick Aiken reluctantly defends Surratt, eventually coming to believe in her innocence while struggling to find justice in a city bent on retribution.

The film's producer, American Film Company, has opened a production office and a sound studio in Savannah and is asking interested job-seekers to send their resumes. It's not immediately known how many jobs will be created by the film or what its economic impact will be on Savannah.

"The Conspirator" will be the second major motion picture to film in Savannah since Georgia lawmakers boosted tax incentives to lure movie makers. The first was "The Last Song" starring Miley Cyrus, which wrapped its shooting several weeks ago.

Job-seekers may send resumes to conspiratorasst@gmail.com.

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