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Bringing films to Salisbury is a new way to boost our economy! Our city has worked work to preserve historic neighborhoods and landmarks. This attracts producers who want to use Salisbury as a backdrop for their film. Film projects bring new jobs and money to our community. Salisbury and Rowan County will benefit from these projects.

Stay Informed

Residents and visitors can stay informed about upcoming films through this webpage. This includes:

  • filming location opportunities
  • casting call opportunities
  • street closures
  • business closures
  • noise and other anticipated sounds


Concerns about outside film production are valid. In the past, issues arose due to a lack of communication. The city will focus on early and frequent communication to prevent problems. Creating a good relationship between downtown business owners and crews is a priority. Let’s focus on future projects and the positive impact for Salisbury.

Contact Us

About the upcoming film production:

Goodbye, Butterfly

About filming in Salisbury:

City of Salisbury Communications
(704) 638-4460

Upcoming Film Production: Goodbye, Butterfly

Poster for film Goodbye, Butterfly

Film Details

After his eight-year-old daughter is murdered, a loving family man becomes convinced the oddball down the street is guilty and holds the neighbor hostage in his suburban basement, attempting to torture the truth out of him, all while the police investigate the recent disappearance of a second child.

Genre: Thriller

Production Dates: December 2 - 22, 2019

Locations: Salisbury and Charlotte

Film Casting

Hey Salisbury! You can be a part of this film! Goodbye, Butterfly will be casting extras for multiple scenes Extras will be cast on a volunteer basis. In exchange, extras will get a meal, access to snacks, and invitation to the local wrap party and an overall fun experience! 

Time: must be available after 1pm, Saturday, Dec. 7  (will be an evening/night time shoot)

No Pay. You will get a meal, snacks and an invite to the wrap party


We are looking for men and women to play background detectives. You must own at least two conservative suits (jacket and pants) with plain shirts. ties (men) and solid colored shoes for your wardrobe. No wildly colored hair.Tattoos must be identified and will be covered.


Age: 30 and older ONLY

Any ethnicity. We want diversity.

Must be available after 1pm and into the NIGHT. Plan on a 10+ hour shoot from afternoon to night time.


Submit to:

Subject Line: Your Age/Gender/Race/Detectives

FOR EXAMPLE:  37/F/H/Detectives 


Body of email:

Full name




Cell number

Best email address

Location you live


Piercings? Where?

Tattoos? Where?


Unfiltered photos of you, dressed like a detective. One photo for each suit option. Must have more than one suit. (think Law & Order). 


Do you have reliable transportation: Yes/No

Do you understand that you are volunteering your time: Yes/No

If you're interested, email them at with the following information:

Send us: your full name, age, cell number, location you live, TWO photos with no filters.

Economic Benefits

  • Budget $240,000, 60% spent locally
  • Crew and cast of 33
  • Over 20 local hires
  • Local expenditures:
    • Catering and meals
    • Housing
    • Car and truck rentals
    • Over 90 prop purchases
  • 17 local locations
  • Local college interns and PAs

About Indie Films

  • Over 200 Indie features produced each year
  • Primary distribution:
    • Film festivals
    • Movie Theaters
    • Streaming Networks
  • Average distribution lifespan: 2.5 years
  • Millions of viewers/fans worldwide
  • Examples of famous Indie films:
    • Little Miss Sunshine
    • Lost In Translation
    • The Blair Witch Project
    • Winter Bones
    • Juno
    • Goodwill Hunting

Why Salisbury?

  • Goodbye, Butterfly is drawn to Salisbury's
    • Character
    • History
    • Variety
    • Geography
    • Resources
  • Salisbury is committed to the development of the arts
  • North Carolina provides a strong local crew and talent pool
  • Access to national transportation hubs
  • Community

Frequently Asked Questions

Will businesses be compensated if they close for production?

Typically, if the production is expected to close a business during regular business hours, producers sometimes have stated that compensation will be provided.

How do I find out about road closures due to a production?

Road closures and other impacts to businesses and residents will be communicated in advance via social media, this website and via Nixle. Click here to sign up for Nixle text message alerts:

Will the film production cater using local businesses?

This depends on whether a film is independent or part of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG).

Independent film productions, known as indies, can cater using local businesses.

Larger film productions are required to use unions. Specifically, catering for Screen Actors Guild actors falls under a union contract. Unless your establishment is a union caterer, please understand that production food service might already be contracted.

Either way, this does not mean that members of this group will not visit your establishment. The film production staff will occasionally dine outside the production venue. Customer service and hospitality is key for non-catered meals and snacks.

How can I be part of the film?

A film production has many opportunities for locals to participate. There could be casting opportunities for small parts, or as a background extra.There are also sometimes intern or production assistant opportunities available.

Road Closures

There are no current road closures for filming purposes. Closures are subject to change, please check back here for updates. 

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