Close Up : Cinema Along the River

May 6, 2017 - April 22, 2018
Legacy Gallery

  • Magic Lantern slide for Paramount Pictures
    featuring Columbus native Louise Huff
    Gift of Daniel Bellware

  • Parachute Battalion filming at Fort Benning
    Museum purchase made possible by the Evelyn S. and H. Wayne Patterson Fund

  • Kiss of the Tarantula poster and distribution information sheet
    Gift of Darlene Drady Henderson

The booming film industries of Georgia and Alabama have showcased the states’ communities on the silver screen for years, and the Chattahoochee Valley is no exception. Whether in Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning, or other nearby towns, film crews have brought Hollywood to the area while inspiring local filmmakers to create their own cinematic works.

This exhibition spotlights the numerous movie and television productions filmed or set in the Chattahoochee Valley, as well as depictions of the area and the greater Southeastern region in American cinema. The careers and innovations of local screen actors, filmmakers, and theater companies past and present will be discussed, as well as movie stars and other luminaries who visited the area for work or personal reasons. A partial list of the productions to be featured includes We Were Soldiers, Sweet Home Alabama, Norma Rae, Warm Springs, Kiss of the Tarantula, Black Hawk Down, Need for Speed, The Green Berets, The Phenix City Story, The Homesman, Tank, Your Mother Wears Combat Boots, and Eat White Dirt.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by 

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