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Duvall, Spacek film at Gaither

COVINGTON - Two Academy Award winners made a quiet trip to Newton County recently.

Actors Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek were in town filming at Gaither Plantation on Feb. 12 and 13.

Their visit was kept hush-hush at the request of the production company, according to Jerry Love, chairman of the Friends of Gaither committee.

Love would not release details or the name of the film the two were shooting.

A search on Internet Movie Database, an online source for upcoming film projects, shows Duvall and Spacek are starring in "Get Low," described as a dramatic thriller about a man who plans and attends his own funeral so he can enjoy it while he's still alive.

The movie is still filming in Georgia.

"They needed us for just a short period of time to get a couple of days of shooting in," Love said.

"We're hoping to bring the movie industry back into Gaither and Covington in general. It's beneficial to make sure this is a place that Hollywood feels comfortable coming out to and part of that is knowing they can get there and get away before people know about it," he said of why the shoot was not publicized.

Gaither was also the site of two recent productions that will air on the SciFi Channel. The plantation will be featured on an episode of "Ghost Hunters TAPS," a reality show that follows a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate hauntings throughout the country. The episode will air on April 15.

Gaither will also be part of a documentary-type show for which Love said he doesn't have an air date.

Having these types of productions at Gaither brings all kinds of benefits, Love said.

"They help us with maintenance and repairs and upkeep. It's really beneficial to us and to the community that likes to come out to the plantation for weddings and reunions," he said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.