Scenes for an upcoming film were shot in downtown last week, marking the return of Y’allywood to Madison. Cast and crew for “The Battle of Bushy Run” used Merchants Hall and the Episcopal Church of the Advent to film scenes for the historical drama, wrapping the shoot after just one day.
The film stars Jackson Hurst, Greyson Chadwick, and Lowrey Brown. The cast could be seen in the streets of Madison dressed in period costumes from the 1700s. The film centers around the true story of The Battle of Bushy Run, which occurred in 1763.
According to the film’s biography, “The true story of a crucial moment in history that shaped the American (and world) landscape. Bushy Run, Pennsylvania was the location of the 1763 battle that ended Pontiac’s War and kept the French forces in Canada — and the British in control of what was soon to become the United States of America. Led by the heroic efforts and tactical genius of Col. Henry Bouquet, a raggedy group of Scottish and makeshift British forces brought peace to the new world. Bouquet’s willingness to face insurmountable odds and leave the love of his life (Anne Willing) saved the men, women, and children of Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh) from annihilation and ultimately reunited hundreds of kidnapped children with their families.”
To accommodate filming, several surrounding roads were closed, with officers directing traffic to various detours.
“This project had a lot of impact on traffic last week, but only for one day,” said City Manager David Nunn.
West Washington Street (Georgia Highway 83) was closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Academy Street to Thomason Street.
A release date for the film has not yet been announced. But keep an eye out for Madison’s iconic landmarks gracing the silver screen when “The Battle of Bushy Run” debuts.