Film & Entertainment

Camera Lens

Welcome to the City of Stonecrest Film and Entertainment division. Stonecrest is a Camera Ready, film-friendly community that welcomes your production. Several projects have filmed here to include The Front Runner, Shaft, Greenleaf, Black Lightning, MacGyver and more. Our popular destinations include Arabia Mountain National Park, Flat Rock Archives and the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve to name a few.

The State of Georgia’s film and entertainment tax credits provide a significant cost savings for companies producing feature films, television series, commercials, etc. and have elevated GA to the 3rd leading production center in the Country. Please click on the link below to complete your film permit application. Thank you for choosing Stonecrest!

Film & Entertainment Committee


To have the City of Stonecrest (COS) become a flourishing destination within the southeast region of DeKalb County for film and entertainment. To increase awareness of the COS with Motion Picture Studios, Television Networks, and Digital Entertainment Companies as a film destination.

Patreece DeChabert

Patreece DeChabert

Patreece DeChabert is an award-winning Executive Producer with almost 20 years of experience in the industry, including television, advertising, interactive experiential media, film and news. A graduate of Howard University with a BA in television and film production, Patreece later returned to school and earned her MBA in Marketing from Strayer University. She's worked with major powerhouses like WSB-TV, BET, BBDO, Turner Broadcasting and has launched TNT shows like Michael Bay’s The Last Ship and Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies.

She’s also successfully managed the ideation and execution of million-dollar productions and experiential activations for brands like Mercedes-Benz, Toys R Us, Voya, Novant Health, Delta Air Lines and more. For several years, Patreece has mentored upcoming production professionals and served on the board of industry organizations such as Women In Film and Television Atlanta, Women In Cable Telecommunications and the American Advertising Awards. Now employed at TRICK 3D in visual arts production, Patreece is always up for a challenge, welcoming opportunities to grow. Patreece hopes to contribute to the development, exposure and growth of film and entertainment within the Stonecrest community.

Verda Watson

Verda Watson

Verda Watson is a visionary, creator, and innovator. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Watson’s interest in television at an early age, lead her to receive a B.A. in Mass Communication (with an emphasis in television) from the University of Central Oklahoma. Watson moved to Atlanta Georgia in 1994 to pursue her desire to work in film and television. Watson's persistence progressed her to work on major productions for Rainforest Films, Screen Gems, MTV Films, Paramount Studios, BET Productions, Davenstar1 Entertainment, Cossette Productions, and The Black Family Channel, to name of few.

Watson now serves as Executive Producer, Writer, and Director for Wats Entertainment; President and Chair for the Georgia Film and TV Production Initiative (GFTPI); and a film and television production Instructor for a college and career academy. Prior to these opportunities, Ms. Watson was a production coordinator, background casting director, and talent agent.

Ms. Watson also has an M.A. in Education from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP), Women in Film and Television (WIFTA), and The Georgia Film and Television Production Initiative (GFTPI).

Stacey Thibodeaux

Stacey Thibodeaux

Stacey has been a resident of what is now Stonecrest since 2002. She is on the Board of Directors for the Stonecrest Business Alliance, and has been appointed to the Stonecrest Community Improvement District. Stacey is a Realtor who serves on the Board of Directors for the Dekalb Association of Realtors, chairs it's Dekalb County Board of Commissioners Committee and is the current Secretary of the Women's Council of Realtors - DeKalb.

Todd Muhammad

Todd Muhammad

Todd Muhammad is a rare breed in an industry that rejuvenates constantly - a vet that stays relevant. Professionally known as Todd-1, Todd has hosted, produced, and/or executive produced television shows for MTV, B.E.T., Showtime, VH1 and others. He relocated to Atlanta in 2004 to team up with Atlanta Royalty Jermaine Dupri to create So So Def Entertainment and he has been a part of the burgeoning Atlanta film scene since the beginning. “I have seen the success that Atlanta has had with the Office of Entertainment, and I would like to contribute my skill set to create something comparable in my City of Stonecrest”. Todd 1 is one of those people who leave a lasting impression upon meeting, and his infectious personality translates in any platform.

Productions Filmed In Stonecrest
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  • Courtesy of IMBD


Sabrina Wright
Economic Development Director

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