High Country Association of REALTORS News

Blowing Rock on the big screen

"Have you ever heard of this place called Blowing Rock?" ..... "It's the only place in the world
where the snow goes upside down."

                - lines of dialogue from the film, "Goodbye Solo"

"Goodbye Solo" is an award-winning independent film released in 2008. It tells the story of a cab driver in Winston-Salem hired to drive a lonely old man to Blowing Rock. The film concludes at the Blowing Rock attraction, which is featured prominently on the movie poster. And the scenes are, as expected, beautiful.

Principal photography for Goodbye Solo took place from Sept. 19 through Oct. 22, 2007. Bahrani chose that schedule so that the scenes shot in Blowing Rock would take place during the prime leaf-changing season. Those scenes were shot on and around Oct. 20.

For the scenes shot at the Blowing Rock, Bahrani and cinematographer Michael Simmonds used hand-held cameras instead of the traditional tripod set-ups.