The dog days of summer are upon us. This means that fewer summer “blockbusters” are coming out and it’s a long time before award season (and an even longer time before Game of Thrones is back). To keep myself writing, I’m starting a new project: Movies by State?
50 articles for 50 states? Unfortunately no. The number of films set in different states varies widely and unexpectedly. First, most American films are set in New York or California, so those articles would dwarf the other ones. Some states have surprisingly few notable films set there (Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut), while the popularity of the Western means that states like Wyoming are the settings for dozens of important films. The only fair, and sane, way to do this is to break it down by region, keying in on states with a notable amount of movies set there. Here’s what we have:
1. New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island)
2. New England Focus: Massachusetts
3. Mid Atlantic: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC
4. Mid Atlantic Focus: New York
5. South Atlantic: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
6. South Atlantic Focus: Florida
7. Southeast: Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana
8. Southeast Focus: Texas
9. Great Lakes: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin
10. Great Lakes Focus: Illinois
11. Midwest: North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma.
12. Midwest Focus: Minnesota
13. Mountain West: Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona
14. Mountain West Focus: Wyoming
15. Pacific: Alaska, Hawai’i, Washington, Oregon, Nevada
16. Pacific Focus: California
So that’s 16 articles. Is everyone ready? The first one will come tomorrow: New England.
(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe