DFW Community Receives ‘Film Friendly’ Designation

Grand Prarie | Image by AndriiKoval

With 18 cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area claiming filmography roles, another may be trying to get in on the act.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday congratulated Grand Prairie after it was designated a Film Friendly Texas Community by the Texas Film Commission, joining more than 175 others across the state that share that distinction.

“We are delighted to receive this official designation as a Film Friendly Texas Community,” Mayor Ron Jensen said in a prepared statement in a news release on Tuesday. “This program will help foster talent, create jobs, and positively impact our local economy.”

Some of the most memorable titles have been filmed in North Texas, including: 

  • In Dallas: ‘Robocop,’ ‘The Chosen,’ and ‘Bonnie and Clyde’;
  • In Fort Worth: ‘Yellowstone’;
  • In Denton: ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ and ‘Armageddon’;
  • In Frisco: ‘Dallas’;
  • In Mesquite: ‘Problem Child’

‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ ‘Armageddon,’ ‘Dallas,’ ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and ‘The Chosen’ were also filmed in other locations across North Texas, according to the Texas Film Commission’s website.

“Texas is brimming with promise, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside all of our communities to ensure they have the knowledge and tools needed to succeed,” Abbott said in the news release in regards to Grand Prairie’s new designation.

To become certified as a Film Friendly Texas Community, applicants must attend a workshop hosted by the Texas Film Commission, pass filming guidelines and submit at least five photos of filming locations in their jurisdictions.

According to the governor’s website, $2 billion has been spent and 183,000 production jobs created in Texas since 2007 through the Texas Film Commission’s work.

Other recognizable titles filmed in Texas span ‘Office Space,’ ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,’ ‘Selena,’ ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ ‘No Country For Old Men,’ ‘Friday the 13th (2009),’ ‘True Grit,’ ‘Hope Floats’ and ‘Dazed and Confused.’

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