Swan City has served as the backdrop for several notable movies over the years. We rounded up a few of our favorites to give you the behind-the-scenes scoop. Let’s roll the film.
🎬 Prior to its closing in 2009, Cypress Gardens served as a location for the film “Grace is Gone“starring John Cusack. It also served as the backdrop for several more films, including “Easy to Love” with Esther Williams.
🎬 “The Waterboy,” featuring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, and Henry Winkler, was filmed in various locations throughout the city. One scene in particular was shot in Edge Hall at Florida Southern College, and used students as extras in the background.
🎬 In 2018, Disney filmed “The One and Only Ivan” in Lakeland. The movie is based on Katherine Applegate’s novel of the same title, which won the John Newbery Medal. The production company also leased space at Southwest Elementary School. The film includes actor Bryan Cranston, known for his work in “Breaking Bad.”
🎬 Local filmmaker Kevin O’Brien released a Lakeland-made full length film in 2018 titled “At the End of the Day.” The film, which was featured at the 29th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, was captured at several notable spots in the Swan City. It’s available on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and Google Play.
🎬 In 2019 the groundbreaking documentary “Fly Like a Girl” was released after being filmed in Lakeland. Lakeland’s own award-winning Indie Atlantic Films produced the documentary. See the Forbes review of the film here.