An update on the Film Revolution, from the desk of South magazine

A version of this recently appeared in the October/November issue of South magazine, as the introduction to the annual Film section.

It’s no secret that the South is in the midst of a film revolution. For years—thanks to tax incentives and other money related laws—Hollywood has been movin’ South and making itself at home. And while money sure does talk, it’s also the local talent and charm that keeps Hollywood coming back for more.

Take William Mark McCullough, Savannah native and full-time actor, for example. McCullough has been in a variety of star-studded Hollywood hits, including “An L.A. Minute,” “Logan Lucky,” and “American Made,” in which he worked alongside Tom Cruise.

Amanda Calamari | Photo by Cedric Smith.

Then there are folks like Amanda Calamari, Savannah native, film connoisseur, whose stunning grace and talent have led her from majoring in theatre at the Savannah Arts Academy, to working on the big screen as an extra in “Baywatch” and “Poison Rose,” just to name a few. This is what the South has to offer, and filmmakers around the world are recognizing that. “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” didn’t put Savannah on the map for no reason.

For this year’s Film Issue, we decided to focus on why the industry is shifting and how it can benefits locals. With help from former CBS Casting Director Andra Reeve-Rabb, “Twilight” star Jackson Rathbone, local villain aficionado Patrick Roper, and many, many more insiders, we are able to give you this behind-the-scenes look of the film revolution.

To read the entire Film Revolution section, visit