The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2018: Small Cities and Towns

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Richmond, Virginia

If you’re a Richmond resident and a fan of government skullduggery, keep an eye out for Carrie Mathison in your ’hood, as Showtime’s hit series Homeland films its seventh season in Richmond through February, 2018. Having been lured to Richmond for need of a D.C. double this season (“Doubles as D.C.” is one of several location stand-in possibilities suggested on the Virginia Film Office website, along with “Doubles as NYC” and “Revolutionary War.”) Homeland is eligible for VA’s film tax credit/grant, amount dependent on workers hired and how much economic activity they generate, plus promotional deliverables. When they’re done catching spies, the cast and crew can take in Richmond’s 89-year old landmark Byrd Theatre, one of several cine-venues co-hosting the Richmond International Film Festival in April, 2018. The fest is slated to bring in 120 international films, and a sprawling assortment of panels and entertainment options galore.

Patricia Arquette in Permanent, the Richmond-filmed comedy in which she stars opposite Rainn Wilson. Photograph courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

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  1. John lazear, soc

    January 18, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Really….. hollywood and New York are not on this list?
    1 hollywood
    2 New York
    3 London
    Let’s be real about where movies are mostly shot

    • Max Weinstein

      January 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Hi John,

      Los Angeles and New York are featured in part one of this article, focusing on Big Cities:

      MM Staff

  2. Adrian G

    January 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    So, as much as I appreciate this list, the name of your zine is Moviemaker, not North American Moviemaker. In a field that is peripatetic by its nature, it might be nice to have a list of some of the best cities in the world, not just those in North America, where one can thrive as a filmmaker. Please think about it.

  3. smoga

    February 27, 2018 at 7:59 am


  4. Eve

    January 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I choose to live & work in Hawai’i, which does present some challenges…😎🌺However, when I relocated here from L.A. a few years ago, the general eyebrow raised response was that it was a bit nuts…so i find it really reassuring that so many cities/geographic lications outside of ‘Hollywood’ are now being touted as good lifestyle alternatives for creatives such as myself – b/c it really IS a way of life, and an all-encompassing choice, when you choose this kind of career…

  5. Frank Casanova

    January 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Ridiculous! Sacramento is better than half of those on the list.

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