God’s Country is a mystery thriller based on James Lee Burke’s short story Winter Light, co-written and directed by Julian Higgins. It follows Sandra, a college professor who moves from New Orleans to the remote mountains of the American West. Everything is going normally in her life until she catches two hunters trespassing on her property. After the confrontation, Sandra is haunted and terrified as she regularly sees the duo around her house, drawing her into an escalating battle of wills with deadly consequences.
The narrative is filled with several shocking elements that will shake the audience to their very core. Brilliant performances from a talented cast including Thandiwe Newton, Joris Jarsky, Jefferson White, and Jeremy Bobb enhance the overall quality of the narrative. Additionally, the eerie and isolated locations add to the mysterious and exciting aspect of the film, making one curious about the actual filming locations.
God’s Country Movie Filming Locations
‘God’s Country was filmed entirely in Montana, specifically in Dillon, Paradise Valley, Livingston, Bozeman, and Lennep. Principal photography for director Julian Higgins reportedly began in February 2020 but was halted in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After several months of delay, production resumed in February 2021 with strict regulations and was finally terminated in April of that year. Now let’s go through the specific locations that appear in the God’s Country thriller movie!
Several key sequences for ‘God’s Country’ was filmed in Dillon, the city and county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana. In late March 2021, cast and crew members were spotted using University of Montana Western facilities at 710 South Atlantic Street, including the campus’ historic main hall, to film some scenes for the film.
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Other parts of ‘God’s Country was recorded in Park County. Specifically, the team set up camp in the county town of Livingston and Paradise Valley, which is the main river valley of the Yellowstone River. Interestingly, a small portion of Yellowstone National Park is located in the southern part of the county. Over the years, Park County has hosted the production of many film projects such as A River Runs It, Montana Story, Wildlife, Yellowstone, and 1883.
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Several sequences for ‘God’s Country was shot in remote locations such as Lennep, a ghost town, and a settlement in Meagher County. Additionally, during filming, the production unit was seen screening some key scenes in Bozeman, the city and county seat of Gallatin County, particularly at the Gallatin Valley Botanical Garden at Rocky Creek Farm at 34297 Frontage Road.
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