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10 Tiny Towns with Big Tourism Dreams


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Von Ormy, Texas
The popularity of zombie films -- both old and new -- inspired Von Ormy to hold its very own zombie-focused film festival. © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis
The popularity of zombie films -- both old and new -- inspired Von Ormy to hold its very own zombie-focused film festival. © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

Population: 1,000 [source: CensusViewer]

Of the 1,000 people residing in Von Ormy, Texas, just outside San Antonio, an abnormally large percentage should be in the movies.

Or so the town believes, and it's running with it. The mayor and a local film student teamed up in 2012 to found the Von Ormy Film Commission. The commission has two main goals: to promote the local directorial, screenwriting and acting talent; and to get themselves on Hollywood's "small-town backdrop" radar [source: Bailey]. Von Ormy wants to be the "location" in "shot on location."

To entice film lovers to the community, Von Ormy held its very first film festival in 2013 -- a rather timely zombie-focused one that includes both locally produced zombie flicks and classics like "Night of the Living Dead."

The San Antonio Zombie Response team was in attendance, just in case [source: Bailey].


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