Lights. Camera. Action!
Have those words conjured the image of a bustling Hollywood sound stage? a back lot filled with glamorous, well-known Beverly Hills movie stars? an army of extras, and a hard working, fast-moving crew from Burbank?
Probably. But, not all films are made in California. In fact, North Carolina has been connected to more than 700 major motion pictures over the years, including Deliverance
, Blue Velvet
, The Color Purple
, I Know What You Did Last Summer
, Bull Durham
, Weekend at Bernie’s
, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
, and Iron Man 3
. More than 2,400 films and television programs have been made in the Tar Heel State.
Do you recognize any of these
“May the odds be ever in your favor.”
“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
“How is it you are headed west? Well, we kinda face to the north and real subtle-like turn left.”
These words are from The Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, and The Last of the Mohicans, respectively, and were spoken in North Carolina, becoming part of the state’s long and rich history in the movie business.
A Celebration of Film and TV in North Carolina
The North Carolina Museum of History is planning a yearlong celebration of filmmaking in the state. Named Starring North Carolina! the celebration will feature:
- the first major exhibit about the Tar Heel State’s role in filmmaking;
- activities that reveal North Carolina stars, filming locations, and references;
- a film festival and a film series;
- and more!
The celebration is slated to start in November 2014.
Call for Artifacts
The North Carolina Museum of History is currently looking for artifacts relating to movies and television shows filmed in North Carolina. If you have any items of interest please contact Katie Edwards at email@example.com