With the neon lights of Beale Street and its sultry blues soundtrack, Memphis has become more of a co-star than a backdrop. “The Client, “Black Snake Moan” and “Hustle & Flow” couldn’t have been shot anywhere else. Academy Award-winning classics “In the Heat of the Night” and “Nashville” were filmed in Tennessee, and Sam Raimi changed the direction of horror cinema forever when he shot “The Evil Dead” in an unassuming Morristown cabin.
Step into one of America’s most famous ghost stories in the Bell Witch Cave in Adams, recreated in “An American Haunting” and “Bell Witch: The Movie.” Tour the home of Sheriff Buford Pusser, the legendary lawman who inspired the “Walking Tall” films. Take in a race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where you’ll experience the full-throttle world of “Days of Thunder.” You’ll recognize Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café from Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Thing Called Love,” and you can get a first-hand look at some of filmdom’s most iconic rides at Rusty’s TV and Movie Car Museum in Jackson.
If you’ve never experienced a film festival, you owe it to yourself to check out the Nashville Film Festival, the Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, or Knoxville Horror Film Fest. Or tour the fully restored Historic Tennessee Theatre, one of the most elegant movie palaces in the country, which appears in the film “October Sky.”
“The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.”—Tom Hanks