From Pulitzer Prizes to the big screen, Mississippi has a lot of stories to tell, and it’s easy to see why. With our storied past, vibrant future, picturesque landscapes and talented creators, Mississippi sets the stage for award-winning novels and film.
Canton has been dubbed “Mississippi’s Film Capital,” and has played host to many major films including My Dog Skip, an adaptation of Willie Morris’s beloved novel, A Time to Kill and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Marvel at the props used in these iconic movies at the Canton Movie Museum downtown. Based on John Grisham’s chilling novel, The Client filmed scenes in Clinton. The 2017 film Same Kind of Different As Me was filmed in Jackson and starred a cast of Academy Award winners and nominees. The Help also features several scenes from Jackson.
With more than 300 years of history and architecture, Natchez is the perfect backdrop and has become a filmmaker’s paradise. The historic mansions, storied cemeteries and painting-like landscapes have served as the setting for nearly 80 films from all genres. In 2010, the architectural marvel Longwood served as the backdrop for the Vampire King’s digs in cult-favorite True Blood. Most recently, Mississippi native and acclaimed director Tate Taylor has collaborated on big screen films Ma, Breaking News in Yuba County and Get on Up.
Take a self-guided driving tour through Greenwood, and discover the locations seen in The Help. Hollywood Plantation in Benoit was the set for the 1956 movie Baby Doll and the historic mansion is known as “The Baby Doll House.”
The action-packed heroic film Act of Valor was filmed at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.