May 15th, 2008

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Photos, reports from Decatur

  • Photos of Matt on the set of The Informant on Tuesday are from the Herald & Review.

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  • Recent articles on filming and its impact on Decatur from the Herald & Review, including:

    Jo Kistenfeger, owner of It’s A Girl Thing on North Main, had an idea. It was back on day one of filming, and she had heard that Matt Damon’s family was in town with him. Enlisting the help of retail neighbor Sara Butts of Bellasera, she threw together a gift package for the Damon kids.

    “I just thought it would be something nice to do,” Kistenfeger said. “We had no way of knowing they would get it or not, but we thought we would try.”

    They dropped it off at a location they knew the crew would be, hoping it would find its way into the Damon family’s hands. Both figured that would be the end of it.

    Tuesday afternoon, as filming was just getting underway down the street, Kistenfeger was going about her day as usual when she received a very surprising visit.

    “This woman walked in and asked if I was the owner of the store. I said yes. It was Matt Damon’s wife.”

    Turns out the lovely Mrs. Damon had stopped in to not only thank Kistenfeger for the thoughtful gift, but to exchange a pair of toddler shoes for a different size. She ended up making additional purchases as well.

    “It was just so unbelievable,” Kistenfeger said. “You have your good days and your bad days. And then you have your days when a movie star’s wife is in your store.”

    Speaking of Damon, he once again took time to sign autographs and take pictures with fans after filming.

    He did so for FORTY MINUTES.

    And from entertainment reporter Tim Cain's column at the paper:

    The stories of delight I’m hearing from teens who are being treated kindly by the stars are a real joy, and I can never hear enough of them. It stuns me how much the movie folks are giving back to this community. They may not ever realize it, but the rest of us do when we see the twinkle in the eyes of the people telling the stories.

  • More photos and a very enthusiastic video report by WNBQ's Susan are available at her blog, including photos of Tim Cain on the set of the film (as an extra) last weekend (clearing up that mystery). And fantastic photos of the cast, set and family visitors are at

  • Green Zone has received a foreign investment boost.

    Antena 3 Films has come aboard as a financier of Universal Pictures and Working Title Films' untitled Iraq war Green Zone thriller that stars Matt Damon. Paul Greengrass is helming.

    Film arm of Spanish commercial broadcaster Antena 3 Television will fund 10% of the pic's budget, said to be $50 million-$60 million.

  • Running the Sahara now has a foreign distributor.

    PorchLight Entertainment has announced its acquisition of international rights to three films: "Gooby" (excluding North America), "Emmanuel Jal: War Child", and "Running the Sahara".

    Also, "Running the Sahara", executive produced by Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, follows three long-distance runners and their experiences along their journey through the famously inhospitable desert. "It's great to celebrate my first year anniversary with PorchLight in Cannes with these three wonderful films to our already great line-up," said s Ken DuBow in a statement.