The Cotton Pickin’ Fair Back-Lot
News Release: September 22, 2015
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair
Gay, GA 30218
HOLLYWOOD RETURNED …eighteen years after Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood filmed THE WAR during the 1993 Fall Cotton Pickin’ Fair. The CPF Back-Lot, Georgia’s best Camera Ready Site, hosted the production of the movie LAWLESS, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, and Mia Wasikowska.
Based on the novel, The Wettest County by Matt Bondurant, LAWLESS is a story of prohibition era Franklin County, VA, the Bondurant Family and a corrupt local government in southwestern Virginia during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. More than a dozen sets filmed on the grounds of The Cotton Pickin’ Fair feature the Warehouse, WF Gay Home, The 1911 Building, The Peach Packing Shed, and downtown Gay during the course of the winter and spring of 2011.
In 2014, the Cotton Pickin’ Fair provided sets for James Franco’s movie, “In Dubious Battle”, based on John Steinbeck’s first novel, and starring James Franco, Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Selena Gomez, and Bryan Cranston. The movie is scheduled for a 2016 release.