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For immediate release - Jan. 7, 2005

County Museum asks for public’s movie memories

TAVARES — Summer may be months away, but preparations are already beginning at the Lake County Historical Museum for the second edition of the free summer series “Movies at the Museum.”

In its inaugural season, dozens of residents turned out for the showing of five historical documentaries that were related to Lake County. For the upcoming second season, Dr. Diane Kamp, director of Lake County museums, is planning to show movies that were filmed in Lake County.

To the surprise of probably many, quite a few movies have been filmed in the County, including the cult favorite Cool Hand Luke (1967) for which Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy won an Oscar for best supporting actor.

Other movies that were shot in Lake County are Jeepers Creepers (2001), Olive Juice (2001), Rosewood (1997), Walking Across Egypt (1999), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), My Girl (1991), The Waterboy (1998) and many more.

In conjunction with the movie showings, the museum will display a new exhibit about all the movies that were filmed in the area. Kamp is asking for the public’s help as she tries to gather movie memorabilia from the Lake County flicks. Already in the collection is a rocking chair from Rosewood.

“Since all those movies were shot here I thought people may have souvenirs from the sets,” she said.

Desired movie items for the museum exhibit include photographs, pieces of sets, autographed photographs of the stars and other memorabilia. The items would be displayed at the museum the entire summer, but would be returned to each owner in September. Items would need to be received by April. For more information, call Kamp at (352) 343-9600 or e-mail dkamp@co.lake.fl.us.

Kamp is also asking for residents to share special stories about the movies. For example, life was dramatically different in Mount Dora during the filming of Honky Tonk Freeway as downtown was temporarily painted pink.

“If someone has a story about any of the filming give me a call,” Kamp said. “What I’ll do is if I get enough stories I’ll write them up and put them in a book for everybody to read at the exhibit.”


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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