Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 14, 2013

Valdosta, you ought to be in pictures

-- — Valdosta occasionally has something to do with a big-name Hollywood movie. Wild Adventures served as the location for the West Coast theme park in “Zombieland.” Though no filming took place in South Georgia, Valdosta is mentioned in “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “For Your Consideration.”

With the new movie “Grandma’s Blessings,” Valdosta served as both the shoot site and a location within the movie. For hometown movie makers Roy Kirkland and Doug Sebastian, “Grandma’s Blessings” is the latest in a series of movies that keeps the filming set in Valdosta.

Through the past few years, Doug Sebastian Productions has filmed the risqué comedy “And There You Are” and the award-winning documentary “A Cross Burning in Willacoochee.” Sebastian and Kirkland have also filmed two films still awaiting release: the vampire-werewolf adventure “Battle of the Cursed: The Two Kings” and the thriller “Crazed.

“Grandma’s Blessings” is the story of Drayton Taylor, a TV talk show host who loses his job following an embarrassing episode on live television. Unemployed and his possessions gone, Drayton learns his grandmother has left him something in her will. He flies to Texas to say good-bye and receive his inheritance, which is an old 1970s-era Champion RV. Driving home to Georgia, Drayton learns his grandmother’s secrets while having many adventures. If rated, Kirkland said the movie would likely receive a PG rating.

Tonight, Sebastian and Kirkland host a world premiere for “Grandma’s Blessings” in Valdosta. This event will celebrate a new movie but it should also be viewed as a celebration of Valdosta’s ability to be a new home for movie makers.

Text Only
What We Think
  • A life that keeps giving

    When golfers take to the course today, they will play for fun and fellowship, but they will also play for the memory of a young man lost too soon and for the many lives he’s positively influenced since his passing more than 10 years ago.

    April 25, 2014

  • Meet the artist

    His prints are innovative, energetic, colorful, insightful.

    April 24, 2014

  • Program works to make men

    The idea is to change patterns.

    April 23, 2014

  • Missing persons: Fill in the blanks

    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    April 19, 2014

  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results