Lights. Camera. Asheville!

Lights. Camera. Asheville!
Asheville named #1 town for filmmakers to live and work

Jennifer Lawrence on set for The Hunger Games in WNC
Photo by Murray Close
MovieMaker magazine, in an annual round-up, has named Asheville as the #1 town for moviemakers to live and work! The selection of each town, small city and large city was based on several criteria, including the number of shooting days in the past year, the local film community and culture, and general traits like lifestyle and weather.

MovieMaker pointed to Asheville's long history as a shooting location, best-known for blockbuster hits like The Hunger Games, Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing, as well as films such as Richie Rich and My Fellow Americans.

Shooting Richie Rich on site at Biltmore
Shooting Richie Rich on location at Biltmore
Asheville's numerous film festivals also played a part in the vote, as did the area's active cinema society. Local and visiting filmmakers may also want to check out the annual 48-Hour Film Project, held in June, as well as the Music Video Asheville awards in April.

Of course, with a natural backdrop as picturesque as the Blue Ridge Mountains, why would you want to make a movie anywhere else?

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