7. Knoxville, Tennessee
Aside from being known as the city that birthed Quentin Tarantino and lent his L.A. crime sagas a Southern swagger, a handful of memorable films have lensed in Knoxville, including the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring rocketry drama October Sky, 2004’s Asia Argento-directed literary adaptation The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, as well as Burt Reynolds’ semi-autobiographical 2017 swansong The Last Movie Star.
“Knoxville has long drawn in a sizable production community as home to some of the most active reality TV production companies in the business,” says Curt Willis, Director of Visit Knoxville Film Office. “With a competitive state film incentive program and a local incentive program, scripted productions are starting to take notice.” He adds that the year was Knoxville’s busiest yet in feature film production, and the Film Office was working to keep the momentum going. “The Visit Knoxville Film Office works hard to ensure we have elements in place that make Knoxville attractive, and what we’re most proud of are intangible incentives: Every moviemaker we work with is impressed by the quality of the crews and the support they find.”