BASTROP COUNTY, Texas — The above video is from March 2019.
Watch out, Hollywood! Bastrop County is now officially the "Film Hospitality Capital of Texas."
According to our partners at the Austin American-Statesman, the county was presented with the honor on Monday, after HCR 131 was passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May.
According to the Statesman, since 2007, more than 50 films, television and commercial projects have been based in the county and there are more in the works.
Back in March, KVUE reported that Bastrop County was working to receive a title like this. The Bastrop County Commissioners Court was working with state legislators to try to be formally granted the title of "Film Friendly Capital of Texas." Now they've managed it, just with a little different wording.
Bastrop County has been a rising star in the film industry for decades now, with locations popping up in 1998's "Hope Floats," 2011's "Tree of Life" and 2011's "Bernie" – plus that "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" gas station.
A major player in recent years has been New Republic Studios, a 200-acre film studio in western Bastrop County that films all types of projects. Since opening in 2017, they've completed 58 projects, including "Sister Aimee," which was selected to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
In March, the studio's president, Mindy Raymond, told KVUE that the county is a perfect space for film and has a lot in store for the future.
"Our property will look very different in the next 10 years, and we can't wait to be the hub of all things content and technology-related for the State of Texas and even beyond," Raymond said.
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