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Film & Media

Award-Winning Cherokee Film Summit

The Cherokee Film Summit is a multi-dimensional event that brings together Cherokee’s film community for a power-packed evening of educational breakout sessions, expert panels, and networking.

WHAT:             Cherokee Film Summit

WHEN:             January 23, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:          YANMAR EVO//Center    |      5889 Old Alabama Road | Acworth, GA 30102

2020 Cherokee Film Summit Breakout Sessions

Vision Casting
Gerald Griffith, (President and Founder of VoiceOverCity Media Services)
Giving Voice to Your Vision:  Whether an idea or a project, without a voice, it’s just a dream.

Faith-Based Filmmaking
Cheryl McKay Price (Screenwriter: Indivisible, Extraordinary, The Ultimate Gift) and Judd Brannon (Director: Champion the Movie, O Praise the Name & Stay music videos)
A screenwriter and director discuss crafting faith-based projects and inspiring positive change within the community.

Women in Film and Television
Ashley Cantley (Producer: Martha Stewart, Meredith Vieira, HGTV) & Stacey Owens (Producer: Home Depot, MTV, The Orbit)
The important and changing role of women in film and television.

On-Camera Acting
Holly Morris (Stranger Things, Nashville, Overcomer)
A co-star’s perspective on cultivating and maintaining an on-camera acting career in Georgia’s Film Industry.

Voice Over
Steve Henderson (VO talent for NASCAR, Cartoon Network, Chick-fil-a)
An introduction to what VO is (and isn’t), and helping those seeking to enter the VO market find their true voice.

Monetizing your Location
Mike Staples (Film Location Coordinator for Georgia Power)
How to discover, market and price desirable assets for film locations.

Interviewing for Documentary and Business
Luke Livingston (Founder of Ground Floor Video, Director: Invalidated: The Shredding of the U.S. Patent System)
How to conduct interviews that reveal key story beats for documentary and commercial video.

Shape Your Story.  Share Your Story
Kris Wheeler (Documentary filmmaker:  Revival! The Sam Bush Story, Ride to Extraordinary)
How to discover your story, tell your story, and share your story with the world.

Uncensored: Raw and Behind the Scenes

Collaborative for Spec Pilot The Orbit: Thomas Cantley (Director), Azariah Oldacre (Director of Photography), Ashley Cantley (Actor), & Stacey Owens (Producer)
Four independent creatives share their off-the-record guide to sustaining a career in the film industry.

Marketing Your Property for Film
As the second-largest property owner in the state, Georgia Power has provided locations for dozens of productions ranging from the remote (Walking Dead) to the heavy-industrial (First Man). Georgia Power’s Film Location Coordinator Mike Staples will share ways to increase your property’s marketability with the film industry.

Extracting the Story
Luke Livingston will help you learn how to conduct interviews that reveal the key “story beats.” This session will focus on video interviews for small businesses and documentary films.



Tom Cox Design


Local Aroundabout Media
Four 41 South
Brannon Pictures
Half Machine
Georgia Power


Alma Coffee
Golf Cars of Canton

Bronze Sponsors

Flux Ice Cream
Pie Bar
Rest Marketing


Scenes from the Cherokee Film Summit

  • More than 11,700 workers in Cherokee County are employed in the film and media industry

  • Georgia offers free scouting assistance for films, videos, and movies

  • Over 75 films, television series, and video projects have been filmed in Cherokee County

  • Georgia’s film tax incentive can reduce production expenditures by up to 30%

  • 88 film and media establishments are located in Cherokee County

  • There are more than 1000 production suppliers and support vendors in Georgia’s deep crew base

  • Cherokee County is a Camera Ready Community

Producers & Investors

Creative by design. Collaborative by nature. Cherokee by Choice.

Not only do Cherokee’s stunning vistas and eclectic cities make excellent locations for your next film project (as they did for 27 in 2017 alone), but they provide a great place for your creative team to live, work and play. Just ask any one of our incredible industries, like adidas or YANMAR, who found Cherokee’s sustainability, greenspace, infrastructure, and proximity to Atlanta to be wins on their checklist of must-haves. Whether it’s a post-production suite, animation studio, sound stage, or a writer’s room you have in mind, Cherokee’s visionary and collaborative approach to economic development makes it the ideal place to take your project from dream to reality. Cherokee is the choice.

Sector Support

  • Georgia offers a tax incentive of up to 30 percent of production expenditures occurring in the state.
  • Close proximity to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, which offers direct flights to over 150 domestic and 70 international destinations
  • Cherokee County Airport is able to accommodate private jets.
  • Georgia has one of the deepest, most affordable and experienced crew bases in the country with more than 1,000 production suppliers and support vendors.
  • Much of Cherokee County is within the 30-mile radius “bubble” emanating from the State Capitol
  • More than 11,700 workers in the Cherokee County Market Area are employed in the Film and Media Industry
  • The Film and Media Industry is projected to grow by 9.5 percent between 2017 and 2022 in the Cherokee County Market Area.
  • Cherokee is a great place to live, work and play

Educated Workforce

Making sure that our current and developing workforce are camera ready.

  • 42 percent of residents in Cherokee County hold an Associates degree or higher and 24 percent of residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Chattahoochee Technical College offers degrees, diplomas and technical certificates in design and media production technology and television production technology, Reinhardt University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film and Video, and Kennesaw State University offers a minor in Film Studies, with an emphasis on screenwriting
  • All 6 high schools in Cherokee County have broadcast media production classes.

Sites and buildings for your project are ready and waiting.

Location Managers and Scouts

Choosing Cherokee’s experienced Camera Ready Community means you can expect:

  • Complimentary assistance with locations and scouting
  • Cherokee’s accommodating and fluid permitting process
  • Coordination with Off Duty Police, EMS, Traffic Control, Fire or other safety personnel
  • Assistance in locating basecamp options, dining facilities, or other production related needs

For assistance, please contact Molly Mercer Camera Ready Liaison · 770-345-0600 (Office) · 770-378-6945 (Mobile) ·

Ozark was filmed at multiple locations throughout Cherokee, including Canton, Woodstock, Holly Springs, and on beautiful Lake Allatoona.

“Cherokee has been a fantastic place for us to work. We’ve been well-assisted with permitting, and the local law enforcement understands our needs. When we returned for Season 2, they didn’t miss a beat. It was seamless.”

Wes Hagan, Supervising Locations Manager, Ozark (Netflix TV Series, Season 2)

Production Managers

In Cherokee County, you will find a myriad of film professionals to complement your team, and a host of available restaurants, services, and businesses ready to assist with your particular needs.

Live in Cherokee and want to get in on the action? Get linked up below!

Acting Auditions

For upcoming acting jobs in your area, register at the Georgia Film Office’s Help Wanted Hotline.

List Your Property for Film

The Georgia Film Office has provided a way for all Georgia property owners to list their home or property to be considered as a filming location. Follow these instructions, or contact our office directly to list your property! Molly Mercer · 770-345-0600 ·

Coursework and Workshops

Support Services for the Film Industry

Whether it’s catering, manicures, golf carts, or taffy-pulling, you may be just the business a production team may need for their shoot. List your local support service or business today!

Film Crew Experience?

List your professional on-set experience and availability with the Georgia Reel Crew.

Cherokee County In the Movies

Take a look at just a few of Cherokee’s most recent silver screen appearances!