The Giles Film Office is proud to share with you an update on the movie, Wish You Well, and some of our accomplishments since the office opened.
Wish You Well Update
It is Official! Wish You Well has been selected to be shown at the Heartland Film Festival Oct. 17-26th in Indianapolis! It is an honor that the movie was selected to play at this reputable and well respected film festival. Please share the information with friends and family! Screening times and ticket information are in the attached link.Tickets are available for all four screenings! We have no information at this time regarding a VA screening but we will keep you updated.
Looking for American Pickers!
The History Channel’s “American Pickers” is coming to Virginia! They are looking for interesting local characters with interesting items to be featured on the show. If you or someone you know is a good candidate to be “picked,” please notify the Giles Film Office. You may also contact the “American Pickers’ ” production team direct at AmericanPickers@Cineflix.com. The phone number is 646.493.2184.Note: If you chose to submit your nomination direct, please contact the Giles Film Office so that we can track your submission.
Wild Water America on the New River
Shawn Hash’s services will be utilized for filming an episode of Wild Water America on the New River in early October. More information will be available in the future.
The Learning Channel in Giles
It is rumored that The Learning Channel (TLC) was in the county filming a show about a Greek wedding. The Film Office is contacting TLC to confirm this filming activity.
Giles County responded with photos to a statewide search for a location for a short film called Asylum. The independent film production company was scouting communities for an old empty rehab center or nursing home. The selection of the location will be announced upon completion of the film’s KickStarter Campaign.
VA Film Office Request
The VA Film Office notified us that they were looking for an old school for a production companies show. Several options in Giles County were submitted. It has been communicated that the school project is on “hold” for the time being as the filmmakers are completing another project.
Visit to Giles
The VA Film Office will be visiting the Giles County Film Office on October 8 and 9th. We will keep you updated on this visit.
Some of our other Accomplishments:
Barbosal filmed a commercial at Mill Creek Falls and from the top of the hospital road looking down at route 460. This commercial can be viewed on the town of Narrows website.
Brogan Dinger received training on taking location photographs from Tom Trigo, a recognized location photographer. Trigo has been involved in taking location photographs for several known films such War of Worlds, What About Bob and Fried Green Tomatoes.Trigo and Brogan spent 3 hours together. A total of ten “potential” film locations were photographed. These included scenic roads, overlooks, several buildings, a restaurant, river view, and a farm.Trigo forwarded the photographs taken with Brogan. She uploaded these on the VA Film Office website.
Giles County Tourism committee members and other identified groups were contacted to develop a list of recommended locations for future location shots. The categories that photographs were needed included: accommodations, agriculture, airports, auditoriums/theaters, automobiles/vehicles, bars, bridges, businesses, cemeteries, restaurants, roads/highways, schools, sports, store/shops, studios/stages, trains/railroads, town/government buildings, hospitals, houses, house features, industrial, lakes/rivers/creeks, landscapes, military, museum/exhibits, office buildings, parks, religious etc. The VA Film Office identified the locations that are most commonly requested by the filmmakers as: scenic farms, vacant hospitals, scenic small towns, period cities and towns (1700′s-1950′s), vacant warehouses and factories, plantations and estates, unique natural locations such as waterfalls, cliffs, caves, covered bridges , etc. Locations recommended were reviewed and photographed. Fifty locations were accepted by the VA Film Office and were downloaded.
A production services directory was developed. This directory is updated annually. It lists local services available to film production companies.
The Giles Film Office’s first referral from the VA Film Office was from a production company from Canada. The production company filmed a documentary in Blacksburg for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Doc Zone called “Information Overload.” The documentary focused on the way people are using technology in their lives and the way this technology is changing the way we live. Although the filming occurred primarily at Virginia Tech, the Giles Film Office was asked to help wrangle some PA’s locally.
The Giles Film Office assisted Ditchdigger films locate potential film sites for the film Skin Walker. The film production company accepted a location on Sugar Run Road in Pearisburg and received permission from the landowners. This film never went into production.
During the filming of Wish You Well, the Giles County Film Office was fortunate to develop a strong personal and working relationship with Darnell Martin, screenwriter, film and television director. Martin’s first film was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1994, Martin became the first African-American woman to direct and produce a movie produced by a major studio, Columbia Pictures called That. The film was well received by critics. In 2001 Martin directed the HBO pilot of Oz. She has directed episodes of TV shows like The Mentalist, Homicide, Gossip Girls, ER, Law and Order , Chicago Fire, Vampire Diaries, Ironside and Grey’s Anatomy and Firelight. Martin returned to the big screen when she wrote and directed a musical-drama film titled Cadillac Records. Over the last month, Martin visited the county to look at potential locations for another possible film. The final selection of the county for this film will be based upon the interest of investors and the development of film grant funds. (One of Martin’s films, The Lost Valentine, can be seen on the Hallmark Channel this month).
An Illusion of Red and White was filmed in Giles County by John Conway as his USC Thesis Film. We are waiting for information on this film.
The Giles Film Office assisted Black Horse Studios who shot a Volvo Trucks television commercial on route 460 in Narrows.
The Assistant Producer for Middle Tennessee State University’s Film Guild contacted the Giles Film Office regarding a film project. They were looking for a cabin that represented a wealthy family’s vacation home during the 1930s. They were also looking for a shack or barn-like structure that looks old, but is structurally sound. Three locations were submitted for consideration.
Stormcatcher Films, LLC was seeking a church built before around or before the 1900s. Locations were submitted for consideration.
Robin Farmer contacted the Giles Film Office in regard to an article for the Blue Ridge Business Journal about the effort we have made to market our region to the motion picture industry. In light of Governor McDonnell’s legislative support for attracting film and video productions, her story focus was to examine ways to generate more of this business in Southwest Virginia.