Press Release

Celebrate Georgia's Year of Film by Visiting Georgia's Oldest City

Crowds gather for the popular Savannah Film Festival

Erica Backus


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Savannah is well-known as the setting of both the novel and film versions of John Behrendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Winston Groom’s Forrest Gump, but this Southern city has played host to countless film and television productions. Thanks in part to film producer Stratton Leopold, also the third generation to run the downtown landmark Leopold’s Ice Cream, the Savannah area has become a stand-in for locales across the South. Check out these popular productions filmed in Savannah:

  • Baywaych, 2017
  • The Little Mermaid, 2017
  • Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots (TV), 2017
  • Coup D’etat, 2017
  • The Divorce Party, 2017
  • Underground, season 2 (TV), 2017
  • American Grit, season 2 (TV), 2017
  • Delicious Destinations with Andrew Zimmern (TV), 2017
  • Paranormal Lockdown (TV), 2017
  • Party Down South (TV), 2016
  • Vanished: Left Behind – The Next Generation, 2016
  • The Birth of a Nation, 2016
  • Restoring Savannah (TV), 2016
  • House Hunters International (TV), 2016
  • The Do Over, 2016
  • CMT Southbound, 2016
  • Magic Mike XXL, 2016
  • Z: The Beginning of Everything (TV), 2015
  • Rectify (TV), 2015
  • Ghost Adventures (TV), 2014
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (TV), 2013
  • Royal Pains (TV), 2013
  • Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America (TV), 2013
  • CBGB, 2013
  • Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, 2013
  • CNN Hometown Heroes (TV), 2012
  • X-Men: First Class, 2011
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (TV), 2011
  • The Conspirator, 2010
  • The Last Song, 2010
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (TV), 2010
  • Ghost Adventures (TV), 2009
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List (TV), 2009
  • Southern Haunts (TV), 2007
  • Antiques Roadshow (TV), 2003
  • Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, 2003
  • The Gift, 2000
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance, 2000
  • Forces of Nature, 1999
  • The General’s Daughter, 1999
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1997
  • Wild America, 1997
  • Now and Then, 1995
  • Something to Talk About, 1995
  • Forrest Gump, 1994
  • Glory, 1989
  • East of Eden. 1981
  • Roots, 1977
  • The Longest Yard, 1974
  • Cape Fear, 1962
  • The Young Don’t Cry, 1962

Celebrate Georgia’s Year of Film by planning a visit to Savannah this summer! Plan to stay at a historic bed and breakfast like the Hamilton-Turner Inn, once owned by the inspiration for the “Mandy” character in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, have a lunch of traditional Southern fare at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room on famous filming location Jones Street, and spend the afternoon touring famous film landmarks with Savannah Movie Tours.

For more information on productions filmed in the Savannah area or to inquire about locations, licensing and crews and services, visit the Savannah Area Film Office’s website at

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