Mystery film shoot closes downtown streets

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Actors and crew members film scenes of a movie Sunday afternoon along Main Street. A section was closed from Spring Street to Front Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the filming.

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Actors and crew members film scenes of a movie Sunday afternoon along Main Street. A section was closed from Spring Street to Front Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the filming.

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Actors and crew members film scenes of a movie Sunday afternoon along Main Street.

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Actors and crew members film scenes of a movie Sunday afternoon along Main Street.

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A busy section of Tupelo’s downtown streets was closed Saturday and Sunday, and the details are still a bit of a mystery.

A section of Main Street, from Spring Street to Front Street, and sometimes as far west as Broadway Street or as far east as Commerce Street, was closed, and city officials simply said it was because of a Tupelo Film Commission project.

Some kind of film is being shot in Tupelo, but officials are keeping mum on who’s behind it or what it’s about, though the evidence suggests something Elvis-related.

On Sunday, a scene was filmed in front of Tupelo Hardware. It featured classic cars from the 1930s and 40s, and the actors wore vintage clothing.

Perhaps the movie’s focus is on Tupelo Hardware’s most famous young customer and the life-changing trip he made to the store with his mother? A young boy was seen carrying a guitar case during the filming Sunday.

One person involved with the arrangements who asked not to be identified said the film-making would continue today at the Elvis Presley birthplace.

City officials won’t give any details, but they said the filmmakers will speak with the media on Tuesday after today’s shooting.

Tupelo police officers kept an eye on the boundaries on Sunday, as handfuls of curious locals and visitors stopped by and asked what was going on. Satisfied with the generic “film shoot” answer, they’d stay a while and move on.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com