For a number of years, Transylvania County has been a destination for moviemakers and TV show producers.
Among the movies shot in DuPont State Recreational Forest, for example, are “The Hunger Games,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “The Between,” “The Legacy of the White Tail Deer Hunter,” and “Seven Days Till Midnight.” DuPont has also been the scene for numerous TV shows and photo shoots, boosting the area’s profile and contributing to the local economy.
Specific locations in DuPont for “The Hunger Games” include the top of Triple Falls and parts of the Little River. The Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours will take you to these spots and others to relive the movie. For more information, go to www.hungergamesunofficialfantours.com. To relive a scene from the “The Last of the Mohicans,” go to Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont. Information on how to get to these and other locations can be found at the Aleen Steinberg Center, the forest’s visitor center off Staton Road.
Another famous movie that was shot in the county is the 1958 Robert Mitchum film “Thunder Road.”
One local who knows a lot about movies and their impact locally is Tamara “Tammy” Hopkins with FilmBrevardNC, who, as well as the film liaison in the area, is the executive director of the TC Arts Council.
“I am a North Carolina producer and local film liaison who fields calls from movies and TV shows looking to come to Brevard and western North Carolina,” Hopkins said. “I help productions with finding permits, locations, crew, casting, housing, catering and serve as the local liaison. My goal is that they shoot here and spend their money here. Film equals economic impact and jobs. I always try to get local high school and college interns on sets, as well. This way our creative youth who have expressed an interest in film can start to build their resume.”
Hopkins also likes to involve local artists and their artwork.
“On the last movie we did in January, ‘The Good Things Devils Do,’ we had 10 artists from five galleries whose artwork decorated the main house in the movie,” she said. “We also used 60 locals as extras in that production. In March, we did a three-day video shoot using two local students as production assistants. Those two students are studying film at Blue Ridge Community College.”
Recent productions include a video for the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas; “The Evil Inside Her” starring Eric Roberts; “Enter the Zoot Suit Riots,” a short film that went to the Cannes Film Festival; and “The Strangest Christmas Yet” music video starring Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
To learn more go to www.FilmBrevardNC.com.
As well as those who make the movies, the area has many film lovers. The nonprofit Pisgah Film Project is dedicated to encouraging conversations about film. On a bi-monthly basis, the Pisgah Film Project screens independent first-run movies at Brevard Music Center’s Searcy Hall. Brevard resident Philip Henry started the Pisgah Film Project not only to showcase film as art but to also engage fellow film buffs in conversation after each showing and to show how film can be a catalyst for social change. For more information, go to www.pisgahfilmproject.com. Movies can also be viewed at The Co-ed Cinema on West Main Street in downtown Brevard. The movie house, which is owned by the city of Brevard, has been in operation for more than 80 years. The independent owner rents the movie house from the city and shows first-run films plus free movies for children during the summer.