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We all love the movies! As consumers, we've turned the Hollywood stars into our heroes (think John Wayne) and the film industry's abundance of movies into blockbusters. Among the hundreds (maybe thousands?) of movies we've seen in our lives, there are likely many that were made in Georgia -- site of more than 700 feature films and numerous TV series.
In 1972, "Deliverance" launched an entire industry: whitewater rafting. Southeastern Expeditions, based in Clayton, guides rafting trips on the Chattooga River, which Congress declared a "Wild and Scenic River" in 1974. So many other areas of the state are continuing to benefit too. Senoia, where the successful TV series "The Walking Dead" is filmed, has gone from six storefronts to 47, according to Lee Thomas, director of the Film, Video and Music Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Estimates reveal there has been as much as $3.3 billion in economic impact across the state -- and that's just for the fiscal year ending June 2013!
Come with us to the movies and discover where all the action is! See page 18 about how Georgia is becoming "Hollywood South."
Another destination for your travel list is Columbus. There's a new whitewater experience in Georgia's second-largest city that rounds out vibrant Uptown Columbus, already a draw with weekly street markets and entertainment and world-class museums. Raft by at low flow or be adventurous with Class IV or V rapids at high flow. See "Make a big splash in Uptown Columbus," page 24.
And ... Action! Enjoy!
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ON THE COVER THIS MONTH:
One of more than 700 movies made in Georgia, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," released in November 2013, features Donald Sutherland as the dictatorial President Snow. This scene was shot at The Swan House on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center. (Photo courtesy of Lionsgate/Murray Close.)