Hollywood of the South: Atlanta’s film industry

For decades, the city of Atlanta has been considered fertile ground for a wide variety of entertainment projects, ranging from music to film and television. However, lately the city has truly come into its own with the city being home to several major studio and production entities, as well as a steady number of productions that have chosen the city as the backdrop for their projects. Citing a unique mix of influences, most notably a number of generous incentives offered by the state, Atlanta is indeed becoming the Hollywood of the South.

On a recent visit to Lake Lanier Islands Resort I ran into Stephen Merchant.  Merchant starred in the HBO series “Hello Ladies,” a show he created, wrote and directed.  I must say, he is as nice in person as his character Stuart was in the series.  Merchant gave me a moment of his time and graced my lens with this photograph.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét
 

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.