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Savannah, Ga., Welcomes Film Crews

December 10, 1999

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Fresh off Robert Redford’s ``The Legend of Bagger Vance,″ Savannah is extending its Southern hospitality to another film project.

Filming will start in February on ``The Gift,″ written by Billy Bob Thornton and starring Cate Blanchett. The $10 million film about a woman in Arkansas with psychic abilities will be directed by Sam Raimi.

Thornton won a 1997 Academy Award for writing ``Sling Blade,″ in which he also starred. Ms. Blanchett earned an acting nomination last year for ``Elizabeth.″

Savannah was showcased recently in ``Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil″ and this year’s ``Forces of Nature″ and ``A Civil Action.″ Location shooting for Redford’s $70 million film ended in November.

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