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Film Junkie's Guide to North Carolina

Connie Nelson and Floyd Harris

John F. Blair, Publisher
$16.95 paperback
5 ½ x 8 ½     
432 pages
black-and-white photos throughout
Published in 2004

The Color PurpleThe Last of the MohicansDirty DancingBull DurhamBlue VelvetDawson’s CreekMatlock—these blockbusters, cultural touchstones, and television faves are among the hundreds of productions made in North Carolina. For nearly two decades, North Carolina has ranked behind only California and New York in film production. But even seasoned film junkies will be surprised to learn the full breadth of the industry in the Tar Heel State. The list of stars who have enjoyed the state’s charms includes Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Costner, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, and Denzel Washington.

Film Junkie’s Guide to North Carolina is the first and only travel guide to detail locations where films were made across the state, from the mountains to the sea, in places large and small. It presents a unique and lively perspective on Tar Heel film through a prism that blends history and pop culture. The Star Tracks sections will take you to sites where stars, directors, and crewmembers have slept, dined, and played. Also included are trivia questions that will test your North Carolina film expertise and side bars focusing on film festivals, outdoor dramas, Tar Heel authors whose work has been adapted for the screen, and other movie-related tidbits.

You’ll find this guide useful and fun whether you’re searching out sites from a well-loved film, looking for film locations when you’re visiting a particular town, trying to identify sites in that Saturday-night video, or just browsing in your armchair.



"The most comprehensive way to learn where movies were made in North Carolina." 
—Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"A goldmine of material for dedicated movie aficionados."
—Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star News
"Mixes trivia and travel advice full of features about the Hollywood greats and near-greats who have passed through the Tar Heel state." 
—Martha Waggoner, Associated Press
"Part tour guide, part trivia book, Film Junkie’s Guide to North Carolina is an extensive roundup of locations, landmarks, hangouts and other places that have been frequented by visiting celebrities and production
—Craig D. Lindsey, Raleigh News & Observer
"Cue the applause meter—Film Junkie's Guide to North Carolina has finally arrived. The 430-page glove-compartment-sized winner is comprehensive (160 mountain-to-sea locations!), masterfully written (a perfect mix of scholarly insight and insider gossip), and beautifully laid out in a simple reader-friendly format, full of photos, maps, sidebars, and enough movie trivia to make you want to read the book from cover to cover even if you're a stay-at-home couch potato."
—Cauley Michaela, Rapid River