Ready for Its Close-Up
If the campuses in Billy: The Early Years or Hannah Montana: The Movie look familiar, it’s because both theatrical-release films shot scenes on the Vanderbilt campus. In the feature about evangelist Billy Graham, the campus stood in for Northwestern Bible College, Wheaton College and even Princeton. Vanderbilt staff and locals in 1940s period dress were also part of the scenes. Filming for Hannah Montana: The Movie occurred outdoors near Kirkland and Buttrick Halls and indoors at Sarratt Cinema and Furman Hall. Production trucks and equipment lined the perimeter of the campus along West End Avenue one quiet day in May. Again, some faculty and staff served as extras in the film. While on campus, the movie’s director, Peter Chesolm, and other crew members visited the Maymester course, America on Film: Performance and Culture. The film opens spring 2009.
photo credit: Daniel Dubois