Lights, Camera, Christmas!: Mountain Laurel Films begin production in Tryon

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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Christmas Parade and other area attractions become settings for new holiday feature film


TRYON—A South Carolina production company has begun filming in the area for an upcoming feature film.

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Mountain Laurel Films, a studio based out of the Dark Corner area, used several cameras and drones to capture footage of the Tryon Christmas Parade on December 13. 

The working title of the film is Christmas at the Mistletoe Inn. Footage of the light show at the Tryon International Equestrian Center was also recently captured for the movie, and shooting at Campbell’s Bridge in Landrum is planned once production of the film officially starts.

There is also future filming planned in downtown Tryon and at the Greenlife Inn. 

Vicki Vass and Brian Tedeschi are co-writing and producing the movie, with Lexi Giovagnoli and Collins White serving as director and co-director, respectively. Fergson Suave-Rogan will be the director of photography and Elizabeth Snoderly will also serve as a producer. Suave-Rogan and Snoderly are part of G It’s Entertainment, another film production studio based out of Murrells Inlet, S.C.

The holiday film centers around Willow Bends, a disillusioned movie location scout, who has lost her Christmas spirit. 

Writer and Producer Vicki Vass said, “With a little Christmas magic, she finds herself starring in her own real-life Christmas movie with the perfect leading man in a cozy mountain town.” 

Vass explained why the area was chosen for the film.

“I fell in love with Tryon and the region,” she said. “I thought it was the ideal setting for a Christmas movie; it is charming and beautiful.”

The film’s release date and screening locations are, as of yet, undecided, but it’s planned to wrap up filming in 2024. 

“We hope when it’s completed that we can definitely show it at the Tryon Theatre,” said Vass.