Columbus Museum Presents “Close-Up: Cinema Along the River” Exhibition

May 4, 2017


May 4, 2017        


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Columbus Museum Presents “Close-Up: Cinema Along the River” Exhibition


WHAT:                               Close Up: Cinema Along the River Public Reception

WHEN:                               Thursday, May 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE:                             The Columbus Museum

                                             1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906


COLUMBUS, GA- The Columbus Museum is preparing to open a new exhibition featuring several historical artifacts related to the film industries of Georgia and Alabama. Close Up: Cinema Along the River opens May 6 in the Legacy Gallery and will highlight movie and television productions filmed, set, or depicted in the greater Southeastern region. A reception will be held at the Museum Thursday, May 18 with curator-led discussions and tours.


Close Up focuses on the historic presence of the film industry in Georgia and Alabama. Whether in Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning, or other nearby towns, film crews have brought Hollywood to the area while inspiring local filmmakers to create their own cinematic works.


“The Chattahoochee Valley has a rich history of film production and homegrown talent, and its filmmaking future looks even brighter. At a time when the Georgia Film Academy, the Way Down Film Festival, and Fun Academy Motion Pictures are breathing new life into the local film industry, it’s a wonderful time to look back at the area’s silver screen history, from local girls who grew up to be silent movie stars, to award-winning writer and director Nunnally Johnson, from Fort Benning’s numerous brushes with stardom to the delightful web spun by a local B-movie classic,” said Rebecca Bush, Curator of History at The Columbus Museum.


The careers and innovations of local screen actors, filmmakers, and theater companies will be discussed, as well as movie stars and other luminaries who visited the area for work or personal reasons. A partial list of the productions to be featured includes We Were Soldiers, Sweet Home Alabama, Norma Rae, Warm Springs, Kiss of the Tarantula, Black Hawk Down, Need for Speed, The Green Berets, The Phenix City Story, The Homesman, Tank, Your Mother Wears Combat Boots, and Eat White Dirt.


Close Up: Cinema Along the River is generously sponsored by Synovus Financial Corp.


Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $30 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally-branded divisions, 248 branches, and 327 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was recognized as one of America's Most Reputable Banks by American Banker and the Reputation Institute in 2016 and 2015, and was named “Best Regional Bank, Southeast” by MONEY Magazine for 2016-17.  Synovus is on the web at, on Twitter @synovus, and on LinkedIn at


The mission of The Columbus Museum is to bring American Art and history to life for the communities of the Chattahoochee Valley. Learn more about this exhibition and related events at