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A film starring Jennifer Garner is being filmed this week in metro Albany.

A film starring Jennifer Garner is being filmed this week in metro Albany.

ALBANY, Ga. -- When Disney crews roll into town this week to shoot the feature film "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," area officials say the economic impact of having all of the actors and production personnel staying in town will be a boon for the area.

Rashelle Beasley with the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau said the value of film production in Albany adds another economic positive for the area.

"When they're shooting in town, they're staying in our hotels and motels, they're eating locally, so the impact on the area is considerable," Beasley said.

Not to mention residual tourism dollars that come from people traveling to visit places where their favorite films were shot or actors worked.

For the CVB, 55 booked rooms for three to five days means more greenbacks will come flowing into their coffers. The CVB receives 50 percent of the hotel/motel taxes generated within the city limits while the other half goes to the city of Albany.

According to the Internet Movie Database, or IMDB, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is about a couple who buries a box in their backyard with all of the attributes they want in their child. But when a child is born to the couple, "Timothy Green is not all that he appears."

The film is directed by Peter Hedges and stars Jennifer Garner as Cindy Green and Joel Edgerton as Jim Green.

Beasley said scouts for the film chose shooting locations in Albany and Dawson because of its rural appeal -- attributes local officials were shooting for when they sought the camera-ready city designation from the state.

"That essentially paves the way for production. It shows that we've cut some of the red tape and paperwork that is typically involved when they have to deal with local governments," Beasley said.

The group is scheduled to be in Albany for three to five days, she said.