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Christmas movie filmed in Dahlonega debuts Thursday on Hallmark Channel
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Life is turned upside down for the handsome mayor of Homestead when a Hollywood movie comes to shoot there in the middle of the Christmas season. And when the movie’s producer and leading lady starts falling for the mayor, “Christmas in Homestead” gets a whole lot more complicated for everyone. - photo by Curtis Bonds Baker

One local family will gather around the television Thanksgiving night hoping to see some of its own in a Christmas movie.

Jeannine Reins, of Cleveland, and her adult nephew Bailey Reins were two of the approximately 300 extras in “Christmas in Homestead,” which wrapped filming in Dahlonega last month.

The film will premiere at 8 p.m. as part of the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas.”

The movie centers on a character who is one of the world’s most famous actresses (played by Taylor Cole) coming to Homestead, Iowa, a “Christmas-obsessed” town, to shoot a holiday-themed movie, according to a press release. The town’s mayor (Michael Rady) is a single dad and local innkeeper who hits it off with the actress.

The mayor’s daughter (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) is more excited about the Hollywood production being in town than her father is.

Jeannine Reins worked six days as an extra, playing the role of a script supervisor in the fictional movie at the center of the “Christmas in Homestead” plot.

Reins said she enjoyed working alongside professional actress Sylvia Jeffries, and she also briefly met and got a picture with the movie’s main stars. She is a massage therapist and was able to work out her schedule to have the time to be an extra.

Rebecca Shirley, Dahlonega’s downtown development authority director, previously told The Times the Christmas film brought in about $375,000 in economic impact.

Following Thursday's premiere, “Christmas in Homestead” is scheduled to air at least six more times within the next month on the Hallmark Channel: at noon Saturday, 10 p.m. Nov. 30, 4 p.m. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and 6 p.m. Dec. 17.

Reins hopes her scenes didn’t end up getting cut from the movie.

“I can’t wait to see the finished product,” she said.

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