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Film History & Pop Culture

Published: November 01, 2016

 

Hollywood has come calling to the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region over 24 times since the 1920s when Buster Keaton first filmed "The General" in the historic town of Cottage Grove. Eugene has also provided scenic backdrops for the beloved classics "Animal House" and "Stand By Me." 

Many of the film sites still attract movie fans eager to see landmarks like the railroad bridge over Mosby Creek ("Stand By Me") or the Dexter Lake Club ("Animal House"). Take a self-guided tour of "Animal House" film sites on the University of Oregon campus.

The region has also been highlighted in popular television shows from "Antiques Roadshow" to "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." And of course, Springfield is the inspiration for The Simpsons.

Dexter Lake Club by Taj Morgan

"Animal House" Memorabilia at the Dexter Lake Club

Photo: Taj Morgan

Locally Filmed Movies 

  • 2017, The Watchman's Canoe, Location: Florence, Feature Film
  • 2017, Tracktown, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 2012, We Grew Wings, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 2009, Something Wicked, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 2007, The Go-Getter, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 2006, Seraphim Falls (portion), Location: McKenzie River, Feature Film
  • 2003, Fahrenheit 911 (partial), Location: Florence, Documentary
  • 2000, Rennie's Landing (portion), Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 2000, Therese: The Story of a Soul, Location: Portland, Salem, Eugene (Chambers Media Center), Feature Film
  • 1997, Inconceivable, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1994, Grizzly Mountain, Location: Eugene, Grants Pass, Feature Film
  • 1992, Timescape, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1990, Grand Tour, Location: Eugene, Oakland, Bend, Feature Film
  • 1988, Finish Line, Location: Eugene, Corvallis, TV Movie
  • 1982, Cry For The Stranger, Location: Florence, TV Movie
  • 1980, Personal Best, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1978, How to Beat the High Cost of Living, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1978, The Swarm, Location: Eugene, TV Movie
  • 1976, Flood!, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1975, Sacred Ground, Location: Eugene, Documentary
  • 1975, Street Girls, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1974, Lost in the Stars, Location: Cottage Grove, Feature Film
  • 1972, Emperor of the North, Location: Cottage Grove, Feature Film
  • 1970, Drive, He Said, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1970, Five Easy Pieces, Location: Eugene, Portland, Feature Film
  • 1970, Getting Straight, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1967, The Way West, Location: Lane County, Crooked River Gorge, Feature Film
  • 1964, Fields of Honor, Eugene, Mohawk Valley, Feature Film
  • 1949, Rachel and the Stranger, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
  • 1929, Ed's Coed, Location: Eugene, Feature Film
Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.