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Mississippi Film Office

Woolfolk State Office Building
501 North West Street, 5th Floor
Jackson, MS 39201
P.O. Box 849
Jackson, MS 39205

601-359-3297
Fax: 601-359-5048

Ward Emling
wemling@mississippi.org

Nina Parikh
nparikh@mississippi.org

Betty Black
bblack@mississippi.org

Bill Webb (Gulf Coast Office)
bwebb@mississippi.org

The Official Mississippi Film Guide



From initial contact to wrap, you can expect the assistance of our Mississippi Film Office: location scouting and research; pre-production help with casting, extras, crew, equipment; trouble-shooting during production and wrap; we will work with you every step of the way. We can offer a diversity of locations for your Mississippi film: the white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, the panoramic agricultural expanse of the Delta along the Mississippi River, the rolling hills of the historic Natchez Trace, the grandeur of the many antebellum homes throughout the State. River communities, town squares and railroad cities reach from the early 1800's to the 1920's and '30's, while modern cities, industrial complexes and universities reach toward the future.

Film in Mississippi stretches back to 1916 with the filming of The Crisis. In the decades since, movies you remember: Baby Doll, This Property Is Condemned, O, Brother Where Art Thou?, The Reivers, My Dog Skip; some you donít: Tomorrow, Intruder In The Dust, Mississippi Masala; and some you should: Thieves Like Us, Down By Law, Big Bad Love, Cookie's Fortune...have been filmed in Mississippi.

And the greatest names in Hollywood have left their imprint: the actors Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Eli Wallach, Karl Malden, Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino; the directors Sydney Pollack, Robert Altman, Elia Kazan, Alan Parker, Wim Wenders; the writers Francis Ford Coppola, Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, William Goldman. Some were simply intrigued by Mississippi; many more were inspired by Mississippi stories.

Stories by Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Beth Henley, Eudora Welty, John Grisham, Willie Morris, and Larry Brown have all filmed on their native soil.

And some of the most recognizable names and faces in film trace their inspiration to Mississippi: Morgan Freeman, Charles Burnett, Larry Gordon, Chuck Gordon, Beah Richards, James Earl Jones, Parker Posey, Gerald McRainey, Stella Stevens, Ray Walston, Jim Henson, Elvis, and Oprah lead the way, with hundreds more on both sides of the camera.
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