So many folks around the Carolinas look at Myrtle Beach with a special sentimentality. It’s the place that conjures up memories of summers with family. And, being there turns us into kids again. That’s the case for filmmaker Luke Lowder and a very familiar Myrtle Beach campground. And, that’s why the writer and director decided to make Apache Family Campground the focal point of his new movie. It begins filming in Myrtle Beach this month.
According to The Sun News, the 27 year old Albemarle, North Carolina filmmaker says the project is a “coming of age” story. Of course, the summer beach romance is something so many can relate to. Lowder, like many of us, spent summers during his teen years at the campground. And, although the story “The Grand Strand” is fictional at its core, he adds in little chunks of what he remembers during those summers.
Lowder started work on the story in 2019. But, then with a global pandemic looming it seemed “summer” movies just weren’t the type of projects being looked at. However, after a tip from a friend about Local Cinema Studios, his work was picked. Local Cinema Studios partners with communities and universities including University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University to help give aspiring filmmakers opportunities.
The South Carolina Film Commission chipped in $150,000 to help film “The Grand Strand.” And, now Lowder readies for filming to begin at Myrtle Beach State Park and Apache Campground June 5. So, hopefully it won’t be long before we see a lot of familiar and close to our hearts settings on the big screen. Read the full story about Lowder and the making of “The Grand Strand” from The Sun News. Then, grab the popcorn and get ready to be taken back to those carefree summers.
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