SHAY BENTLEY GRIFFIN

CASTING DIRECTOR MENTORS A STATE INDUSTRY

WHAT MAKES ATLANTA A GOOD FIT FOR FILM? We knew we had something more to offer, what most other states wouldn’t have in the same depth, and that was the fact we had a great crew base here in Georgia. We had an experienced talent pool. We had a community that understood the value of the things we […]

MATT PHILLIBEN

STUNTMAN DOES HIS OWN ACTING

WHAT MAKES ATLANTA A GOOD FIT FOR FILM? The thing about Atlanta is you’ve got so many different elements and filming locations. You’ve got the country. You’ve got the woods. You’ve got three downtowns essentially. You’ve got the suburbs south and north of the city. You go farther north, and you’ve got the mountains. You’ve got the lakes. So […]

MUST-SEE GEORGIA FILM FESTIVALS

A GUIDE FOR MOVIE FANS

Movie lovers flock to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for works that “enrich, provoke, challenge, educate and enlighten.”

STORY: Neal Howard

For those who have lived in metro Atlanta long enough to witness the Georgia film industry’s rise to international prominence, it has been an astounding evolution to behold. But prior to the friendship forged on the set of the film […]

JENNIFER LONG

NONPROFIT EXEC WORKS FOR INDUSTRY GENDER EQUITY

WHAT MAKES ATLANTA A GOOD FIT FOR FILM? The different locations around the state and even in Atlanta are pretty extraordinary. There’s such a diverse base of talent. I think that makes it a great option for people who are looking to be here. Of course, the variety of organizations and their skill sets and abilities to […]

THE REEL DEAL

FROM ON-SCREEN TALENT TO BEHIND-THE-SCENES ENTREPRENEURS, THESE EIGHT INDIVIDUALS HELP THE FILM INDUSTRY ROLL IN GEORGIA

STORY: Michael Jacobs
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Film and TV production keeps projecting success in Georgia. Preliminary figures released by the Georgia Department of Economic Development in mid-September indicate that 399 filmed productions—from feature films and TV series to commercials and music videos—brought a record $2.9 billion in direct investment to Georgia in the […]

DEBORAH RILEY DRAPER

WRITER-DIRECTOR TELLS OVERLOOKED STORIES

WHAT MAKES ATLANTA A GOOD FIT FOR FILM? I can’t think of any better place in the world to live and work as a filmmaker. Maybe that’s because my support system is so good. Maybe it’s because I can have the beach, the mountains, everything in Georgia within a short driving distance of Atlanta. We have great universities where you […]

REBECCA ADAMS

ACTRESS ASPIRES TO BREAK THROUGH

WHAT MAKES ATLANTA A GOOD FIT FOR FILM? I think because it’s more affordable. That was a big thing for me. I didn’t want to be living with five roommates for $3,000 a month somewhere [in Los Angeles]. I’m not saying I couldn’t have had a great experience in L.A. and found a great community; I just know that […]

RYAN MILLSAP

REAL ESTATE INVESTOR MAKES ALL THE WORLD HIS SOUNDSTAGE

WHAT MAKES ATLANTA A GOOD FIT FOR FILM? While Los Angeles is an amazing, wonderful place to visit, Georgia is for sure a better place to live. It’s a more human-scale life, a more human-speed life. Everything is less expensive. There’s a lot of open space. It’s so hard to find open space in California, […]

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROPS

Three local residents working behind the scenes to make movies happen

Jeremy Gibbs rents skeletons, vintage toys and other unique items to local film shoots.

STORY: Ann Hardie

Say that movie scene just screams out for a two-headed cow. Or a supersized piece of abstract art. Or a Gatsby-like mansion. Done, done and done. Atlanta’s reputation as the Hollywood of the South wouldn’t be possible without […]

JASON LOCKHART

ACTOR-TURNED-AGENT TURNS HIS BACK ON L.A.

WHAT MAKES ATLANTA A GOOD FIT FOR FILM? There’s infrastructure here. Now we have studio space. We have rental equipment. We have amazing Southern hospitality when it comes to shooting on location. It’s really easy to get almost anything you need location-wise. And there are a lot of strong actors here now, too. There are acting schools and […]