Movies—live and on location in Georgetown
Football scenes from the hit 2006 television series Friday Night Lights made the former Eagle Stadium in San Gabriel Park famous. But Birkelbach Field isn’t the only hot spot destination for filming. Here are a few movies you may not have known were filmed in Georgetown:
Bernie (2011)—Based on a true story and starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey, Bernie is a dramatic comedy about a kind, small-town mortician who befriends a wealthy widow and then goes to great lengths to extricate himself from her controlling grip. Film crews set up shop in the Georgetown courthouse and Square to film the courthouse scene.
Men, Women & Children (2014)—Formerly known as Pale Blue Dot, this comedic drama’s name was changed before it was released in theaters. The film, which stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, and Emma Thompson, centers on how modern-day technology has changed interpersonal relationships. Several scenes were shot at Georgetown’s East View High School and on the East View JV Football field.
Varsity Blues (1999)—Set in small-town Texas, this teen drama focuses on the West Canaan Coyotes high school football team and their quest to win a district championship. Two Georgetown locations had cameos in the film: the Sears department store, located at 900 N. Austin Avenue; and Birkelbach Field—known as “Coyote Stadium” in the film—once located at E. Morrow Street and Stadium Drive. James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, and Paul Walker star in the movie.
Dazed and Confused (1993)—This cult-classic teen dramedy, featuring a baby-faced Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, and Matthew McConaughey, chronicles the adventures of misspent youth on their last day of school in 1976. Williams Elementary School, on East University Avenue, served as the site where upperclassmen haze the incoming freshmen with paddles.