Two new feature films have just been approved to begin filming in South Carolina this year. Hallmark Production’s Band of Angels, a post-Civil War story about the history of the Fisk University gospel singers, will be shot primarily around Charleston.

Dear John, based on (ladies grab your Kleenex) a Nicholas Sparks novel, is set to be filmed in multiple locations around the Carolina coast.

According to the state’s Department of Commerce, both movies will be quality family entertainment that reflects the Palmetto State in the positive light. Judging from the language of the press release, a positive light is something the bureaucrats wish to maintain. —Alison Sher