Georgia’s Film History – The Beginning

Emily Murray

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Although Georgia did have some film activity in the early days of Hollywood, it wasn’t till 1972 with the movie Deliverance that Georgia really made the big screen. The dramatic thriller was shot along the Chattooga River in Rabun County and at the Tallulah Gorge southeast of Clayton – and was a commercial and critical success.

After noticing Georgia’s potential for the film industry, then-governor Jimmy Carter established a state film commission in 1973, now known as the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, to market Georgia as a shooting location for future projects. As one of the country's first film commissions, the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office recruited more than 550 major projects to the state by 2007.

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