The New Hollywoods

Tour some of the nation’s most film-friendly cities in the 2017 Fusion Hybrid.

By Ernest Myers
Photograph above by Gregory Miller

Recently, My Ford took the 2017 Fusion Hybrid to the film industry’s newest “it” city: Atlanta. Inspired by how the film industry is branching out beyond Los Angeles and New York, we decided to take a look at some of the other film-friendly cities that are beginning to have their moment in the cinematic spotlight.


The “Live Music Capital of the World” first came to prominence in the film world as a hotbed of independent cinema in the early ’90s when its low-budget, do-it-yourself aesthetic matched up with the culture’s emerging grunge music scene. The city was already home to a strong film-loving culture, and the success of Austin-bred films led Hollywood to take notice; the Texas capital soon was playing host to multiple television shows and film shoots.

With its central location between the coasts and a laid-back lifestyle away from the limelight of L.A. and New York, the city attracts high-profile directors, writers and actors, who increasingly have chosen Austin as their permanent home. The area is also a location scout’s dream—with year-round moderate weather and a diverse landscape that ranges from urban streets to green rolling hills to classic Texas cow country, all within a short drive and easily reachable when guided by the Fusion Hybrid SYNC®3* voice activated communication system. But those who worry that Austin has become too Hollywood, fear not: Independent cinema continues to be the lifeblood of a city whose proud motto is “Keep Austin Weird.”



A relatively short distance from L.A., Albuquerque has increasingly established itself as a viable option for Hollywood studios looking to cut costs without sacrificing the perks traditionally associated with filming in the Southwest: namely, great scenery, long daylight hours, and the luxury of shooting 365 days a year with little concern for disruptive weather. The comfort and convenience of the Fusion Hybrid, with dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control and the available Premium Ceramic heated and cooled leather-trimmed seats front seats, makes the half-day drive from L.A. a breeze. The proximity to Los Angeles eases the burden on California-based casts and crews, while the state’s financial support has helped to develop a strong base of local talent for producers to draw from––including three large state-of-the-art studios built to accommodate interior shoots.



The “hipster mecca” of Portland, Ore. is a breeding ground for cutting-edge independent cinema––small-budget productions are drawn to the area by its atmospheric weather, its tight-knit artistic community and, perhaps most important, its 0% state sales tax. Many films coming out of the Portland scene are strongly pro-environment and eco-conscious, values seen in the 2017 Fusion Hybrid with its effortless efficiency (EPA-estimated rating of 43 city/41 hwy/42 combined mpg**). With a culture that supports numerous university film study programs, independently run local cinemas and even an acclaimed eponymous comedy show devoted to lovingly lampooning the population’s progressive ways, Portland has quickly established itself as a destination for serious cinephiles.



At the dawn of the twentieth century, Chicago, not Hollywood, was the center of the filmmaking world. The city was home to many of the major studios and some of the biggest stars of the silent film era. By the 1920s, economic concerns and Chicago’s unpredictable weather drove much of the business west, but over the last few decades, Chicago has experienced a filmmaking renaissance. Major studio productions are attracted to the city for its generous tax credits and big metropolitan appeal. With a thriving artistic community known for groundbreaking theater and celebrated improv comedy, Chicago offers a deep pool of diverse talent for filmmakers to discover. The standard rear view camera and available Enhanced Active Park Assist of the Fusion Hybrid mean you can maneuver into those tight city parking spots stress-free—ready to explore the Windy City.



A modern city with roots in the past, Boston may be one of the most versatile locations a filmmaker can choose. Towering skyscrapers, working-class neighborhoods, beautiful Ivy League universities––Boston offers rich settings that can accommodate everything from a modern thriller to a costumed period piece. Over the last 20 years, Boston has seen a huge uptick in big-budget Hollywood productions, with its 25% tax credit and no annual cap helping to cement its place near the top of location scouts’ lists. In a city known for its prominent landmarks and architectural wonders, you’ll feel right at home driving around in the strikingly sleek Fusion Hybrid, with its 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with painted pockets and the distinctive, newly designed grille with available new LED headlamps.

*Available feature. Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don’t use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply. **2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine. Actual mileage will vary.

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