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Jacksonville is home to an abundance of unique venues that have housed award-winning projects and shows. Browse our map to find the perfect location for your project- or to learn more about the major works that have influenced Jacksonville’s Film and Television Industry.  
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Like Dandelion Dust
Dandelion Dust Company
Filmed Between: January 2008 - March 2008
Cast: Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper & Cole Hauser
Directed By: Jon Gunn
Produced by: Bobby Downes, Kevin Downes & Kerry David
Executive Producer(s): Shelene Bryan
Description:
Recount
HBO Films
Filmed Between: October 2007 - December 2007
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary, Laura Dern, Bob Balaban, Tom Wilkinson, Bruce McGill
Directed By: Jay Roach
Produced by: Michael Hausman
Executive Producer(s): Paula Weinstein, Len Amato, Sydney Pollack, Jay Roach
Description:
The Year of Getting To Know Us
Ring Productions, LLC
Filmed Between: March 2007 - April 2007
Cast: Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon, Lucy Liu, Tom Arnold & Illeana Douglas
Directed By: Patrick Sisam
Produced by: Holly Wiersma & Laura Smith (Co-Producer)
Executive Producer(s): Ed Maychek, Lou Maggio, Lawrence Najem & Mike Ossi
Description:
Who’s Your Monkey
Throwing Stars, LLC
Filmed Between: July 2006 - August 2006
Cast: Scott Grimes, Jason London, Wayne Knight, David DeLuise & Siena Goines
Directed By: Todd Breau
Produced by: Todd Breau, Brenda Egedy, Warren Skeels
Executive Producer(s): Thomas Fink, Hall Risk, Randolph Turrow
Description:
Cocaine Angel
Kaveras Film & Legion Productions
Filmed In: July 2006
Cast:
Directed By: Michael Tully,
Produced by: Michael Tully, Damien Lahey
Executive Producer(s):
Description:
Lonely Hearts
Millennium Films
Filmed Between: March 2005 - May 2005
Cast: John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayak and Laura Dern
Directed By: Todd Robinson
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Avi Lerner, John Thompson & Randall Emmett
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The Manchurian Candidate
Paramount Pictures
Filmed In: January 2004
Cast: Denzel Washington
Directed By: Jonathan Demme
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Scott Aversano, Producers: Jonathan Demme & Ilona Herzberg
Description:
BASIC
Phoenix Pictures
Filmed Between: October 2001 - April 2002
Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen & Harry Connick, Jr.
Directed By: John McTiernan
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Moritz Borman, Basil Iwanyk, Nigel Sinclair Producers: Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer & Michael Tadross
Description:
Sunshine State
Frost Proof Productions
Filmed Between: March 2001 - July 2001
Cast: Angela Bassett , Edie Falco & Timothy Hutton
Directed By: John Sayles
Produced by: Maggie Renzi
Executive Producer(s):
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Flamingo Rising
Hallmark Entertainment for CBS
Filmed In: June 2000
Cast: William Hurt, Elizabeth McGovern & Brain Benben
Directed By: Martha Coolidge
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Brent Shields & Richard Welsh
Description: When Hubert Lee decides to open the world's largest drive-in movie theater across the street from a funeral parlor, a feud erupts between Lee and Turner Knight, the owner of the funeral home. As Lee's many promotional ideas become more and more outrageous, he continues to enrage Knight until one of the promotions backfires with grave consequences.
Tigerland
New Regency Productions
Filmed In: January 2000
Cast: Colin Ferrell & Matthew Davis II
Directed By: Joel Schumacher
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Ted Kurdyla, Producers: Beau Flynn, Steven Haft & Arnon Milchan
Description:
Safe Harbor
Spelling Television for WB Network
Filmed In: April 1999
Cast: Rue McClanahan & Gregory Harrison
Directed By: Burt Brinkerhoff (pilot)
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Brenda Hampton & E. Duke Vincent
Description: A widowed sheriff and his three sons live with his mother at the motel she owns.
Devil's Advocate
Warner Bros.
Filmed In: July 1997
Cast: Keanu Reeves & Charlize Theron
Directed By: Taylor Hackford
Produced by: Arnold Kopleson, Anne Kopelson
Executive Producer(s): Barry Bernadi, Taylor Hackford, Michael Tadross, Steve White
Description:
Gold Coast
Paramount Pictures for Showtime
Filmed In: February 1997
Cast: David Caruso & Marg Helgenberger
Directed By: Peter Weller
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Richard Maynard, Jana Sue Memel & Peter Weller
Description: Karen's married to Frank, a millionaire who has no morals and a hypocrite. it's alright for him to fool around but not for her. So when she has an affair and brags to him about it, he vows to get back at her. When he dies after having one of his trysts, he leaves her millions of dollars but in trust, and also he has left instructions that if his wife gets involved with someone that they should be warned off. Maguire's a man who did a job for Frank but was not paid for it so he goes to Karen hoping to collect what Frank owes him. When they meet there's an attraction. And they also have to deal with Roland the man who's been assigned to keep all men away from Karen but when he learns what she has, he tries to capitalize on it.
First Time Felon
Spring Creek Productions for HBO
Filmed In: January 1997
Cast: Delroy Lindo, Omar Epps & Charles Dutton
Directed By: Charles S. Dutton
Produced by: Len Amato
Executive Producer(s): Paula Weinstein
Description: Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot camp. He chooses boot camp and finds out it is tougher than he thought it would be. He braves it through and comes home a better man. He then has to deal with the real world, and never gives up no matter what the odds.
G.I. Jane
Hollywood Pictures
Filmed In: May 1996
Cast: Demi Moore & Viggo Mortensen
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Danielle Alexander, Julie Bergman & Chris Zarpas
Description:
Pointman
Warner Bros.
Filmed In: September 1994
Cast: Jack Scalia
Directed By:
Produced by:
Executive Producer(s): Maurice Hurley
Description: Arbitrageur Constantine "Connie" Harper is sentenced to a maximum security prison for fraud and decking the DA at his trial. Upon his release, one of his cellmates asks him to bodyguard his sister Rosie, who is being threatened by a diamond broker over some diamonds. Connie becomes a reluctant bodyguard to Rosie. While in prison, his name got on "the list," a collection of people to go to when you've exhausted all other options.
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Jacksonville Film History...

Film star Oliver Hardy, who began his career in Jacksonville.

For more than 100 years, Jacksonville has played an important role in America's film history. Beginning in the first decade of the 20th century and continuing in the first decade of the 21st, Jacksonville's people, its buildings and its varied and remarkable landscape have been seen on screens large and small across the country.

The early 20th century marked a period of rapid growth for the American motion picture industry. At the time, New York City provided the primary headquarters for this industry. However, with cold, harsh winters, and Hollywood not yet in the picture, the New York City film industry was in great need of a winter filming location. Enter Jacksonville, Florida: the gateway to the sunshine state. Not only did the warm climate and exotic locations in Jacksonville catch the eyes of film makers, an excellent rail system also provided easy access and transportation of equipment to the city. These services quickly made Jacksonville 'The Winter Film Capital of the World.'

The first permanent filming studio, Kalem Studios, opened in Jacksonville 1908, quickly followed by other major film companies of the time, including Selig, Edison, Lubin, Vim, King Bee, Encore, and Eagle. Among the most notable accomplishments of Jacksonville's 20-year run as a major film production center are the productions of the first Technicolor film and the first feature-length color film produced in the United States, The Gulf Between, filmed in 1917. Oliver Hardy, of the comic duo Laurel and Hardy, made his film debut in, Outwitting Daddy, a film shot in Jacksonville in 1913. In 1915 Joseph Engel started Metro Pictures here in Jacksonville. His company later merged with another production company and became forever known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or MGM. It is no wonder Jacksonville was known as the 'Winter Film Capital of the World.'

This 'Winter Film Capital of the World' also made significant progress in the African-American film industry. In 1916, producer Richard Norman came to Jacksonville and opened a movie studio. Norman, a white man, began his career in the 1910s making movies for white audiences. Soon afterwards, he began making movies for African-American audiences, opened his Jacksonville studio and joined the ranks of others, including Oscar Micheaux and the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, in being a pioneer in producing movies not only geared towards African-Americans, but that showed them in a positive light and employed them in the production side of the film industry. Norman Studios continued to make African-American films, also known as 'race movies,' throughout the 1920s. But as Jacksonville's film production dwindled as filmmakers moved West, so did Norman's, and his company did not make the transition to talkies and instead distributed films for other companies from the 1930s on.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) was filmed, in part, in Jacksonville.Many years passed before Jacksonville, and Florida in general, returned to the filmmaking limelight, with most major film and TV productions being filmed in California or New York. Still, Jacksonville continued to play a part in the industry, including the classic horror movie Creature from the Black Lagoon.

But in 1979 things changed. At that time Florida Governor Bob Graham put high priority on the development of film and TV production in Florida. That year, Florida became the third largest film and video production center in the United States, behind California and New York and has stayed in that position ever since. By 1984, film and TV production was a $200 million Florida industry.

Beginning in the 1990s, Jacksonville once again became a hot spot for high-profile productions of movies, TV shows, and commercials. G. I. Jane starring Demi Moore, (and directed by Ridley Scott,) The Devil's Advocate starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, and Tigerlandstarring Colin Farrell were shot in Jacksonville in the 1990s. Since the 1990s, dozens of commercials have been filmed in Jacksonville for AT&T, Burger King, Ford, K-Mart, Mastercard, McDonald's, Nike, Nissan and Wal-Mart. And TV shows such as Safe Harbor, (produced by Aaron Spelling,) First Time Felon for HBO, and Pointman for the WB have all been shot in the Jacksonville area.

Currently, statewide, the film, television and digital media industry employs over 100,000 Floridians in part-time or full-time jobs with an average annual wage over $74,000. The movies and television shows that filmed in Florida also helped bring 22.7% of domestic tourists to the state. Jacksonville has hosted several major productions recently, including RecountThe Year of Getting to Know Us and Lonely Hearts.

Jacksonville has attracted Hollywood's top stars, including Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Jimmy Fallon, Sharon Stone, Collin Farrell, Salma Hayek, James Gandolfini, Marcia Cross, Tom Arnold, Denis Leary, Keri Russell, Jared Leto, Teri Garr, Ed Begley, Jr., Laura Dern, Scott Caan, Connie Nielson, Tom Wilkinson, Cathy Lee Crosby, Omar Epps, Eric Roberts and David Caruso. With stars like these coming to town, Jacksonville has secured its place as one of the hot spots for filmmaking once again.

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Jacksonville Film & Television Office Testimonial Video
City of Jacksonville
Jacksonville has a rich and long history in the Film & Television industry. Learn more about exciting opportunities to film in Jacksonville in this short documentary. Featuring interviews with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Director Joel Schumacher, Director Jay Roach, Producer Michael Hauseman, Director Todd Robinson, Samuel L. Jackson, and more.
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Jacksonville Film & TV Office Promo Music Video
City of Jacksonville
Jacksonville Film & TV Office Promo Music Video
The city of Jacksonville proudly served as the backdrop for a number of films including G.I. Jane, Tigerland, The Manchurian Candidate, Devil's Advocate, Recount, Basic, and many others. This music video created by the City of Jacksonville government features various clips from films made in Jacksonville as well as shots from around scenic Downtown Jacksonville, the St. Johns River and Jacksonville's iconic beaches.
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18th Annual Jacksonville Film & TV Industry Awards Reception
Jacksonville Film & TV Industry Awards
The Mayor's Commission on Motion Picture, Television and Commercial production recognizes directors, filmmakers, and innovators for outstanding contributions and achievements to Jacksonville's Film & Television Industry. Featuring interviews with award recipients Mark Kohl and Franklin Ritch, as well as actress Sophie Grace.
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Crop Creative Media wins Gold at the Addy's
Film and TV
Crop Creative Media won Gold at the Addy's for this 'Wounded Warrior Project Dad & Dan' video.
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"Cry For The Bad Man" movie filmed in Jacksonville
Film and TV
"Cry For The Bad Man" was filmed entirely in Jacksonville by Jacksonville producers and crew. 'Writer & Director: Sam Farmer; Executive Producer: Kathryn McAvoy; Producer: Johnathan Shepard & Associate Producer: Jerry Rosenberg; Director of Photography Patrick Barry and Starring Camille Keaton.
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G.I. Jane
Film and TV
Over the years, Jacksonville has secured its place as one of the hottest spots for filmmaking by attracting Hollywood’s top stars including Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Demi Moore, and countless others. Jacksonville has hosted several major productions, including "Recount", "The Manchurian Candidate", "The Year of Getting to Know Us" and "Lonely Hearts." Other notable productions include "Creature of the Black Lagoon" and as featured, "G.I. JANE."
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Joey Travolta brings Hollywood to Jacksonville for children with autism
Film and TV
Joey Travolta, longtime film producer, director, writer, and brother of famed actor John Travolta, led his third annual HEAL Foundation film camp in Jacksonville for children with autism. After his help on a student film about autism, it led him to producing the documentary “Normal People Scare Me”. Travolta contrived the idea for the film camp and began programs for people with disabilities.
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"Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" comes to Jacksonville
Film and TV
Guy Fieri and his "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" crew visited Jacksonville, stopping in at Riverside’s 13 Gypsies, Mayport’s Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Culhane’s Irish Pub and The Sun Dog Diner at the Beaches, Avondale’s The Fox, and more.
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