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Coastal Film Alliance broadens range
ST. MARYS -- The Coastal Georgia Film Alliance is based in Camden County, but its reach is growing.

Alliance members have announced a partnership, including Liberty, McIntosh and Charlton counties, they believe will help attract more movie makers to the region.

"We want to make sure that filmmakers are aware of assets and resources from our entire region," said Doug Vaught, the alliance chairman. "Camden County and Glynn County are already making their marks with the film industry, and the surrounding counties have much to offer as well."

Barbara Ryan, the film alliance's vice chair, said Glynn and Camden counties have already shared projects and the filming last year of two episodes of the TV series "Royal Pains" is an example of what can be accomplished when counties work together.

Ryan said the film alliance recently received a request from a filmmaker for locations for lighthouses, and she gave contact information to Glynn and McIntosh county officials.

"Each county in Coastal Georgia has its own unique assets," Ryan said. "Our vision is to someday create a Coastal Georgia film vacation itinerary for the ever-growing film tourism market. We would hope to have a location in each county to spotlight for the tour."

Vaught said the new partnerships will help lay the foundation for future regional projects that will help economic development in the region.

"Georgia is among the top four states for film production," Vaught said. "The film industry brings business to our restaurants, hotels, shops, trade businesses such as carpenters and electricians, rental cars, building supply stores and more, plus the added residuals of film tourism."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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