Mississippi on film
Empty"Ghosts of Mississippi"
Production of the drama took place just beyond the entrance of the Hinds County Courthouse jail, where convicted murderer Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods) was being held. Director Rob Reiner actually visited the jail and worked closely with the family of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers for accuracy.
Russell Crowe's Jeffrey Wigand gives his deposition in the Jackson County Mississippi courtroom, where the real court drama took place. Scenes surrounding Wigand's decision to testify were also re-created at the actual Gulf home of attorney Richard Scrugg.
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
The Coen brothers wanted an old-time feel with dust and heat for this film starring George Clooney. They originally chose Texas as their primary shooting location but were drawn to Mississippi's delta landscape.
"Walk the Line"
The Johnny Cash biopic was the first Hollywood movie to utilize Mississippi's newly introduced tax incentives in summer 2004, helping to put the state on the map as a film location.