Cast and crew from “Atlanta Vampire Movie” are scheduled to shoot a scene of the independent feature-length film on Friday night on Main Street in Old Town Suwanee in the Progressive Woodworking building owned by Suwanee native John Titshaw. One of the actors in the film is Hal Whiteside, a long-time Suwanee resident. (Special Photo)
SUWANEE — Sheriff Earl McGraw is coming to Suwanee, and just like other roles, he doesn’t like people messing up his town, be it biker gangs, drug dealers or vampires.
McGraw will be played by Hal Whiteside, a 25-year Suwanee resident, on Friday night when about 30 cast and crew members with four cameras will take over Progressive Woodworking, a cabinet shop owned and operated by Suwanee native John Titshaw since 1983. Titshaw signed an agreement with the company to shoot in his building space, which was appealing because it’s easy to convert into a casket-building operation.
Whiteside gained permission to use the Earl McGraw role that was popularized in “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Kill Bill” and other Quentin Tarantino movies.
While Whiteside is an actor, he’s also a location manager who scouts places for the production company called Idol Hands Entertainment and Mile 29 Films, led by producer and director Giles Shepherd and assistant director Bruce Downs.
Whiteside calls the feature-length film’s plot a little campy, and a knockoff on several well-known vampire movies. It has a serious tone with dramatic pieces and funny parts. A woman who works in a bar who is a vampire accidentally infects three people.
Whiteside said he didn’t know Titshaw before the production agreement, but was familiar with Old Town Suwanee, and when he looked in the door of the shop, said, “This is perfect.”
Filming is expected to take a few hours, but setup will take the most time, Whiteside said.
The film is expected to be released by the end of the year, but its distribution has not been finalized yet.
A full-time actor who is semi-retired from the transportation and logistics industry, Whiteside often rides his Harley around to scope out locations. The same crew recently filmed on Main Street in Buford, and will soon shoot another scene at a warehouse in Suwanee.
“We’ve seen more of these big projects notice Gwinnett,” Whiteside said. “Gwinnett in particular, Suwanee, Buford on up is going to get more attention.”