One locally-made movie is in the bag and scheduled to be aired on the Hallmark Channel ("Lake Effects") and another is on the boards and considering locations in this region. Both feature Sarah Elizabeth Timmins' Life Out Loud Films and the newest is based on a novel by best-selling author David Baldacci, who lives at Smith Mountain Lake.
Here is the press release:
Alleghany Highlands and Giles County are both being considered as the main location for the feature film "Wish You Well." The movie is based on the novel by bestselling author David Baldacci and will be filmed later this year.
Life Out Loud Films launched a search throughout Southwest Virginia in November to find both an ideal 1940s town and an enthusiastic, supportive, and passionate community. Fifteen different counties in Virginia submitted packages before the team narrowed the selection down to four: Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt, Giles, and Smyth.
The "Wish You Well" team was overwhelmed by the support of the prospective towns’ chambers, officials, and business owners along with the immensely detailed packages each presented to showcase their town. Many factors including both aesthetics and logistics played a role in a decision that the team deemed “extremely hard to make.”
Alleghany Highlands and Giles both rose to the top as potential locations and an extended team will make additional visits to these towns later this month in order to make a final decision.
The film is a collaboration among Life Out Loud Films, Baldacci Entertainment, and Copper Beech Productions.