3. High Point
Since the General Assembly put the kibosh on the state film industry by killing the tax incentive in favor of a $10 million grant with more strings attached to it than a marionette (see ncfilm.com for details), shooting has slowed down considerably. No films have been shot in High Point for at least 18 months. That’s a shame, because High Point may be the most photogenic of all the Triad’s cities. The last big picture to be filmed in High Point was 2012’s Elephant Sighs, starring Ed Asner.
Greensboro has had its share of films in the last few years, including a memorable George Clooney sighting during the filming of 2008’s Leatherheads. But the only film that has utilized the Gate City in the past year and a half has been The Disappointments Room, which briefly put Kate Beckinsdale on location on South Elm Street. It comes out in September.
The City of Arts & Innovation has not let the lack of cooperation from our state government slow down film production — which may have more to do with the wealth of talent coming out of the UNC School of the Arts and the variety of locations in the city than hard cash. The Longest Ride, which came out in April and was adapted from a Nicholas Sparks book, filmed a few scenes at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. And Andrew Droz Palermo, whose Rich Hill was lauded at Sundance in 2014, shot parts of his next feature, One & Two, here as well. That gives Winston-Salem the win.