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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.

Experts Say These Are The 9 Best Movies Filmed In North Carolina

North Carolina may not be the first state that comes to your mind when you think of film production. And yes we aren’t New York or California but that doesn’t mean some fantastic movies weren’t filmed in North Carolina. While Hollywood gets the glamour and notoriety, plenty of iconic films have been shot all over the United States. And this certainly includes North Carolina. I’m not a movie buff, though I do enjoy watching them from time to time. Mainly when I have the attention span and time! And honestly, the first film that came to my mind when I saw this list, well actually I don’t think it was made in North Carolina at all. And it wasn’t filmed because it’s animated.

My mind instantly went to the Disney classic “Cars”. Even more surprising? I’ve never seen it. I just remember hearing about it when they did the premiere at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But don’t worry, I did think of one that actually shot in North Carolina (and made this list)- Dirty Dancing. I’m sure you know that the classic 80’s film was shot at Lake Lure, NC. But is it the best one to come out of the state? Our friends at BetCarolina have it ranked high, but not first. compiled a list of movies filmed in North Carolina and ranked them based on a point system.

This point system uses IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes Audience and Critics’ Scores, and Oscars recognition to rank the top 10 movies shot in North Carolina. Did your favorite make the list? Number one is definitely a beloved film North Carolina can be proud of! Keep reading to see the top films. You can read the full study by BetCarolina here.

  • 9. Iron Man 3

    Year: 2013

    Score: 77

  • 8. Dirty Dancing

    Year: 1987

    Score: 79.3

  • 7. Super Size Me

    Year: 2004

    Score: 79.6

  • 6. The Conjuring

    Year: 2013

    Score: 81

  • 5. The Hunger Games

    Year: 2012

    Score: 83.6

  • 4. The Last Of The Mohicans

    Year: 1992

    Score: 88

  • 3. The Green Mile

    Year: 1999

    Score: 90.3

  • 2. The Color Purple

    Year: 1985

    Score: 93.6

  • 1. Forest Gump

    Year: 1994

    Score: 103.6



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