November 1st, 2010 | Written by Lisa | One Comment

Lake Locations: South, United States, Virginia
Smith Mountain Lake Gap at Dam <BR>photo © ##http://www.lakelubbers.com/smith-mountain-lake-73-photo-smith-mountain-gap-45/##Ted Pratt

Smith Mountain Lake Gap at Dam
photo © Ted Pratt

Smith Mountain Lake, “Jewel of the Blue Ridge,” is the setting for the movie “Lake Effects” produced by Life Out Loud Films, LLC. Filming takes place from October 4 through October 31 and stars Jane Seymour, Jeff Fahey, Scottie Thompson, Madeline Zima, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Richard Moll. The movie’s producers anticipate a Summer 2011 release date.

November Sunrise at SML <BR>photo © ##http://www.lakelubbers.com/smith-mountain-lake-73-photo-november-sunrise-at-smith-mountain-lake-24/##Brian Raub

November Sunrise at SML
photo © Brian Raub


“Lake Effects” is a family “dramedy” – a drama and comedy – centered on a young woman, estranged from her family, who returns to the lake after her father’s death to help settle his estate. The movie is the young woman’s journey as she struggles to reunite with her mother and sister, rediscovering the beauty of the lake and understanding what the lake meant to her father. The women’s lives cross paths with local oddballs searching for “Smithy,” the Smith Mountain Lake monster rumored to lurk beneath the deep waters. (See our Lake Monsters Newsletter)

SML Sunset Cruising <BR>photo © ##http://www.lakelubbers.com/smith-mountain-lake-73-photo-sunset-at-smith-mountain-lake-40/##Ted Pratt

SML Sunset Cruising
photo © Ted Pratt


The last movie to be filmed at Smith Mountain Lake (SML) was the 1991 comedy “What About Bob?”, starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, that supposedly took place at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. In contrast, “Lake Effects” showcases the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake, the talent of local artists and businesses, and the unique nature of the SML community. The philosophy of Laugh Out Loud Films founder, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, is “not only to inspire audiences but to inspire the communities we work with through the creative process.”

SML Fourth of July <BR>photo © ##http://www.lakelubbers.com/smith-mountain-lake-73-photo-july-4th-at-smith-mountain-lake-43/##Ted Pratt

SML Fourth of July
photo © Ted Pratt

20,000-acre Smith Mountain Lake is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This four-season destination is home to about 18,000 residents and hosts special events throughout the year, including bass tournaments, 4th of July fireworks on the water, a wine festival, fall chili and craft festival, charity home tour of lakefront homes, and a Christmas boat parade. Five golf courses plus a county and state park (both with beautiful sand beaches) provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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  • One Comment to “Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia: Lights, Camera, Action!”

    1. My goodness what a beautiful lake! I’m from Alaska so I’ve always thought I was lucky enough to fish the best lakes in the US but I have to admit Virginia is beautiful! (especially on the 4th of July, great pics).

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