St. Marys mill popular with filmmakers

papermillLarge piles of concrete, twisted metal and other debris at the old Gilman Paper Co. site in St. Marys may be an eyesore to some people, but the vacant industrial site is a thing of beauty to filmmakers.

“There’s a million different looks out there,” said Doug Vaught, chair of the Coastal Georgia Film Alliance. “You could shoot forever out there if you’re looking for destruction next to beauty.”

A full-length movie, “Eye of the Hurricane,” and five short films have featured the paper mill in some of its scenes. Vaught said the mill site was even the inspiration for a short movie, “The Preserve.”

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