March 21, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

Governor Bentley Proclaims Friday “October Baby Day”


MONTGOMERY – In celebration of a movie filmed entirely in the state, Governor Robert Bentley has proclaimed Friday, March 23, 2012, as “October Baby Day” in Alabama.


“October Baby” was filmed entirely in Alabama and was produced and directed by Alabama natives Jon and Andrew Erwin of Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures in Shelby County.  Filming took place in several locations around metro Birmingham, Mobile, and Dauphin Island.


The movie shares an inspiring pro-life, pro-adoption message. “October Baby” was released in select theaters in Alabama and Mississippi last fall and will make its nationwide debut in more than 350 additional theaters on March 23. Governor Bentley declared Friday as “October Baby Day” as a way to encourage people to see the film.


The Governor was joined at a proclamation signing ceremony by Jon and Andrew Erwin and their families, Alabama Development Office (ADO) Director Greg Canfield, Alabama Film Office Manager Kathy Faulk, along with several actors, writers, and producers from the film.


Canfield said the state hopes to attract more projects that can be shot entirely in the state because it is now competitive with film incentives offered by other states. “Alabama is one of those rare states that offers film projects a variety of settings that range from forests to mountains, to black and fertile croplands, and town squares to metropolitan landscapes.  These projects will boost the economies of both small and large communities throughout the state,” he said.


“This is a home-grown project from start to finish,” added Ms. Faulk.  "It is also a lovely story with a heart-felt message.  We are proud of Jon and Andy and their entire team, and we are appreciative that they stuck to their roots and kept this project at home.”


October Baby the first full-length feature film filmed entirely in the state to gain full theater release.


Alabama is a beautiful state, and we wanted to shoot our first feature film here," said October Baby Co-Producer Dan Atchison, who is from Birmingham. "We hope to attract more films here.  It is good for the economy and good for the state of Alabama as a whole.”


For more information, contact the Alabama Film Office at 334-242-4195.

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