Hollywood Comes to North Carolina
If you love the glamour of Hollywood, but not the high price; then North Carolina may be for you! Especially Chatham County; many film locations are an easy day trip or you can make it a weekend get-a-way…
Do you know that there has been at least 15 TV shows/documentaries and well over 800 movies filmed in North Carolina?!? Did you know that Wilmington is considered “The Hollywood of The East”? Of course you did, you love this stuff!
Also, the Triad area and the Piedmont area, host numerous, prestigious film fests! Living in Pittsboro lets you fall into both of these categories, meaning you could enjoy festivals almost every month from August until April (taking December off). Here is a link that shows a current festival calendar http://www.ncfilm.com/film-festivals.html.
Talking about road trips and movies! Let’s start with Grandfather Mountain…it host a Mile High Swinging Bridge! It is a little scary at first but I did it (I am afraid of heights) and I must say it was worth the views! We enjoyed a picnic in a cute little cove area surrounded by lovely wildflowers, trees, deer’s, and some beautiful birds! It was the most entertaining picnic we have had to date! We also enjoyed the animal over-look areas that were just the right size after a day of hiking and playing. So, what does this have to do with movies? As you enjoy these curvy mountain roads; know they were featured in the movie, Forrest Gump.
As you leave Chatham County to begin your road trip, stop for a visit at Snow Camp Historic Site, which interprets colonial and antebellum life through theatrical productions. As you enjoy the outdoor amphitheater, just know it was the location for scenes from Stephen King’s Children of the Corn II.
Did you know that Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) retired in Chatham County; Siler City to be exact. Of course, when we think of, The Andy Griffith Show, we think of Mayberry…ahh, if only there was such a place! Well, you can step back into the days of Mayberry when you visit Mount Airy. Visit the Andy Griffith Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia and don’t forget to visit Aunt Bee's Room at the Mayberry Motor Inn, dedicated to the remembrance of Aunt Bee (with a collection of various belongings).
Now, how could I write this and forget Iron Man which partially filmed in the RTP area or Hunger Games; it was filmed entirely in North Carolina. Wow! You can visit the Biltmore (check www.imdb.com, type Biltmore Estate in search bar to see a list of movies that were filmed here) and then enjoy some Hunger Game film-ology! The stars stayed at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. After a relaxing night at Hotel Indigo visit Henry River Mill Village, it is an abandoned ghost town just outside of Hildebran (roughly a one hour drive east of Asheville on I-40, about 1/2 mile from exit 119) or maybe head to DuPont State Forest, filming took place around the Triple Falls Trail but while you are here enjoy other popular waterfalls and hiking. Closer to home; Hunger Games also filmed at the Charlotte's Knight Theatre in Raleigh. Sounds like an enjoyable weekend or two, now what’s your next outing??
Another fun link for your viewing pleasure: http://www.ncfilm.com/recent-productions.html
May there be stars in your future!