One of our favorite reference books is the North Carolina Filmography, an impressive volume compiled by Jenny Henderson and published by McFarland in 2002. The book contains entries for 2,203 movies, documentaries, and television programs shot in North Carolina between 1905 and 2000. It is indexed by location, enabling you to look up the many productions filmed in Wilmington or Asheville or Charlotte, or even the single film with scenes in Barnardsville (“Last of the Mohicans,” 1991).
We found plenty of North Carolina classics here, such as “Dawson’s Creek” and “Stroker Ace,” and of course we remembered when scenes for “Getting In” and “Patch Adams” were shot in Wilson Library, but there are lots of surprises to be found. Who knew that the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie was shot in Wilmington? Or that the train wreck scene from “The Fugitive” was filmed in Dillsboro?