Faith parade to be part of MGM movie

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A lot of folks attending the Fourth of July parade in Faith were curious about the big camera atop a ladder near the Faith Soda Shop.  A crew of 4-5 people were also there with sun shades and other equipment.

Turns out, they're shooting scenes for an MGM movie.

An official synopsis from the NC Film News say the movie is called "Max."  This is how the movie is described:

"A Belgian Shepard Malinois military working dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler's death. Erratic and dangerous, Max is adopted by the bereaved family and bonds with the marine's troubled 14-year old brother. Together they unravel the secret behind his brother's death and pull a family together again."

The movie has been shooting scenes in other locations around the state, including Shelby.

A recent story in the Hollywood Reporter included more details:

"Parenthood star Lauren Graham is joining the cast of Max, MGM's family adventure from Boaz Yakin. Yakin co-wrote the script and is directing the picture, which is shooting in North Carolina. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing. Max, co-written with Sheldon Lettich, tells of a military dog who is traumatized by his handler's death in Afghanistan and is adopted by the soldier's bereaved family. He bonds with the soldier's troubled 14-year-old brother, and together they begin to heal one another and discover a secret about the soldier's death."

"Josh Wiggins is already cast as the boy, while Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez are also in the movie. Graham will play the boy's mother, a woman who lost her eldest to war but now has to heal her youngest. Graham is known for her long-standing television work in such shows as Parenthood and Gilmore Girls but occasionally dips her toe into the feature pool. She last appeared in It's Kind of a Funny Story, the Zach Galifianakis-starring indie from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and will next co-star with Robin Williams and Joel McHale in Merry Friggin' Christmas."

On Friday the film crew shot most of the parade from high on top of the ladder, but then dropped down to a lower level for the last third of the nearly two hour long parade.

Max is expected to hit theaters in 2015.