Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Heart of the Country - DVD and Book Giveaway

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North Carolina is certainly not the state that springs to mind when you think about locations where movies are filmed. Most people immediately think of California or New York, but North Carolina has surprisingly made a name for itself as a fantastic location for filming. Over the years, the number of films shot in the eastern state has grown and now there are a wide variety of genres included on the list. Here, we count down some of the most picturesque movies filmed in North Carolina.  

Based on the novel by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward, Heart of the Country is a love story starring country music singer Jana Kramer (“One Tree Hill”), Randy Wayne (“True Blood”), and Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”). Faith (Kramer) and Luke (Wayne) have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer and Luke is an up-and- coming businessman. When their life together is shattered and she is forced to return home to the family she turned her back on years ago she must find the strength to love again. Watch Jana Kramer in her first leading movie role in the year's most inspirational and romantic movie event when it debuts on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on August 20.  

Top Movies Filmed in North Carolina


Heart of the Country 



Many members of the cast and crew for Heart of the Country likely felt right at home while filming in Wilmington, North Carolina. The singer and actress Jana Kramer had previously spent many years filming scenes for One Tree Hill in the beach town. Director and writer John Ward grew up in Wilmington and began his career there. In fact, some classmates of Ward’s from Cape Fear Academy helped out with the movie. Ward clearly captured the essence of the beauty in the coastal region of North Carolina through this film.  


A Walk to Remember 


The majority of the movies based on Nicholas Sparks books are located and filmed in North Carolina including Safe Haven, Nights in Rodanthe, and Message in a Bottle. But, A Walk to Remember stands out among the rest as it really captures the southern beauty of NC. Even the houses and white church where Landon and Jamie are married represent the feel of living in this coastal state. The movie was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina and used many of the sets from Dawson’s Creek 

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was filmed in Wilmington at the same time as A Walk to Remember and Dawson’s Creek. Seven other small towns in North Carolina were used for various scenes in the film including Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach. The scenic Orton Plantation, which has been spotted in over 20 filmsalso makes an appearance. Visitors to Fort Knox might recognize the winding roads from the scene where ViVi is driving along the coast.  
  
To Gillian on her 37th Birthday 
The beaches of North Carolina can be seen in the 1996 film To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. The cast split their time shooting the film in Massachusetts, California, and North Carolina. The interiors of the Lewis family’s house were from a home in Wilmington, North Carolina. Many of the beach scenes, including the sand castle competition, were filmed in Wrightsville Beach.  

The Secret Life of Bees 

The Secret Life of Bees was shot entirely in North Carolina in the small towns of Lumberton and WathaThe film captured the true essence of old southern homes.  The audience can really get a true picture of the plants and flowers that are often seen throughout North Carolina. The Secret Life of Bees not only told a beautiful story, but also portrayed a beautiful image of this southeastern state.  

The Last of the Mohicans 

One of the most appealing factors of North Carolina is that it has both a coastal region and a mountainous region, providing plenty of beautiful background scenery.  Although The Last of the Mohicans was supposed to be set in New York, it was filmed in the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors of the North Carolina mountain region may recognize Chimney Rock as the backdrop for the final fight scenes of the film or the brick arched bridge at The Biltmore Estate. Hikers can also reach many of the waterfalls used throughout the film including Bridal Veil Falls and Hickory Nut Falls.  


Dirty Dancing 

Although a large portion of Dirty Dancing was filmed in Virginia, one of the most famous scenes was shot in North Carolina. Yes, we’re talking about the lift scene in the lake. This romantic, memorable scene was shot in Lake Lure, NC. At the time of filming, the water was so cold that Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze were shivering and had blue lips. Several other scenes were shot at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville. This attraction still draws in many tourists, especially around the winter holiday season.


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30 comments:

LesleyfromWI said...

I enjoy listening to Johnny Cash

Melissa B. said...

My favorite country song is 'The Chair'.

Sacha Schroeder said...

My favorite country singer is Tim McGraw!

Ken Ohl said...

carrie underwood is my favorite. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

steve weber said...

favorite country singer is zac brown band.

cynthia sizemore said...

lots of great singers and songs but Randy Travis is my favorite.

Dorothy Teel said...

My favorite country singer is Willie Nelson.. On the road again....

Sue Hull said...

My fave country singer is Garth Brooks.I love all his songs.I also love Carrie Underwood and her song Jesus Take The Wheel.This movie sounds like my kind of movie.I've seen and enjoy watching all those movies above.Thank you :)

ababe28 said...

"I Miss My Friend" - Darryl Worley
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dv8 said...

My favorite country singer is Reba.

Jackie said...

Carrie Underwood is one of my favorite country singers.
Thanks!

Carla said...

Reba McEntire. Her voice is amazing. No other better country singer out there in my own opinion. :)

Heather! said...

I'm not a huge country music fan, but I recently saw *Country Strong* and I loved the music in it! I don't know the names, but I'd kinda like the soundtrack.

Claudia N said...

My favorite country singer is Randy Travis.

Janice Crespo said...

Toby Keith

Maria Gagliano said...

Ohhh that is so hard. I love so many. I will just leave my daughter's favorite. Taylor Swift

Angela M. said...

My favorite singer is Carrie Underwood!

momo said...

My favorite country singer is Reba, I really like her voice.

pmj said...

Randy Travis
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susan1215 said...

Carrie Underwood is my favorite country singer

ellie said...

Little Big Town are my favorites.

slb3334 said...

I love the Oak Ridge Boys.

rubynreba said...

We just went to an Alan Jackson concert this weekend and he was great!
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Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

My favorite country singer is Carrie Underwood.

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Erica C. said...

I like Toby Keith.
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Susan Smoaks said...

i like taylor swift
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Mihaela Day said...

Johnny Cash

lilyk said...

I like Achy Breaky Heart.

michedt said...

My favorite country song is Rose Colored Glasses.
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Atreau said...

I love Dolly Parton, she is such a great singer/songwriter and person!