Plenty of award-winning movies have been filmed in Asheville, including Cold Mountain (seven Oscar Nominations), Forrest Gump (thirteen Oscar Nominations), and Last of the Mohicans (one Oscar Nomination). But if you come to our 2011 Fall Conference and stay at the DoubleTree Asheville-Biltmore, you may stay in the same room where Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, or any of the cast and crew of the forthcoming movie, The Hunger Games stayed while they on location in western North Carolina during the spring and summer of 2011.
The Hunger Games is based on the book by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2010), the first in a series. From IMDB.com:
"Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match."
Basically, take the mouthy girl from Juno, drop her in that over-sized Ewok forest from Return of the Jedi, and give her a bow and arrow that would make Robin Hood blush and—well, you get the idea.
According to RomanticAsheville.com:
“[The Hunger Games] filmed nine days in Henry River Mill Village, an abandoned ghost town just outside of Hildebran (about one hour's drive east of Asheville on I-40, about 1/2 mile from exit 119). The ghost town drew curious visitors long before it was featured in the movie, but now locals are expecting a steady stream of tourists checking out the site that was turned into Mellark's Bakery, a well-known location in the books. They also filmed in nearby Connelly Springs.
“Entertainment Weekly interviewed Josh Hutcherson at the Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville during the filming. Other movie locations included DuPont State Forest, home to popular waterfalls and hiking. Filming took place around the Triple Falls Trail (lower end), Hooker Falls Road and Bridal Veil Falls Road.”
The Hunger Games will be released in March of 2012. You can watch a trailer here.
Regsitration for the Manuscript Mart, Critique Service, and Marketing Mart closes today; general conference registration closes November 11.
Be part of cinema history: attend the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2011 Fall Conference.