5 Movies Filmed in and Around Charlottesville, VA


Charlottesville is a bustling, artsy university town set amidst the backdrop of the graceful Blue Ridge Mountains, and is quite picturesque, so it's easy to see why it has been a popular spot for cinematography. Here are five movies you may or may not have known were filmed in and around Charlottesville:

Evan Almighty
This 2007 Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman movie is probably one of the most popular ones that has been filmed nearby. It is a sequel to the Jim Carrey flick, Bruce Almighty, directed by Tom Shadyac, a UVA alum. It was largely shot in Crozet's Old Trail Village neighborhood and brought a 200-foot arc and many animals into Central Virginia for the modern biblical tale.

Major Payne
The Miller School of Albemarle (also previously used in Toy Soldiers) was used in 1995 as the location of a JROTC program in this comedy starring Marine Benson Payne (Damon Wayans).

Coming Through the Rye
Coming Through the Rye is an indie film released in 2015 that was largely shot in Orange and Madison, VA. James Sadwith is the Screenwriter, Producer and Emmy-winning Director of this semi-autobiographical film set in 1969 that tells the story of a boy inspired by Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. It won awards at many film festivals, including the Cleveland International, Phoenix, Omaha, Worldfest Houston, Richmond, Newport Beach, Sonoma International, Coronado Island, Denver, and Heartland Film Festival.

Food, Inc.
In this 2009 documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner offers a revealing and at times disturbing look at mammoth food corporations in the U.S. and large-scale animal processing plants. Shenandoah-based farmer Joel Salatin was included in this documentary and shared his support of the local food movement.

World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements
This 2010 documentary from UVA alum Chris Farina tells the story of John Hunter, who is currently teaching at Agnor-Hurt Elementary school of Albemarle County Public Schools, and his "World Peace Game." This game challenges students to work together to solve political and social challenges, and the film premiered at the South-By-Southwest Festival. Hunter's TED talk on the games has over 1,000,000 views.

So, if you're someone who would like a unique look at the Charlottesville area, here are five diverse films to add to your movie list. Enjoy.

J.Travers is a Virginia native who has lived in Charlottesville for 10 years. J.Travers has been published in numerous print and online publications.

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