Humboldt County encompasses 2.3 million acres of landscape: protected ancient redwood groves, lush forests, recreation areas, broad sandy beaches and dunes, rugged coastline, waterfronts, lagoons, rolling hills, six rivers, Humboldt Bay, Trinidad Harbor, and numerous County, State, and National Parks.
Our cities and towns each have a unique character and the charm of Small Town America. The county seat of Eureka and progressive Arcata, home to Humboldt State University, are located in the center of the county. Ferndale, just west of sunny Fortuna, is a charming Victorian village and heading south is Garberville, the gateway to Avenue of the Giants and the tallest redwood trees in the world. The quaint fishing village of Trinidad on Trinidad Bay, is north on the coastal highway to Prairie Creek Redwoods and Orick, the home of Redwood National Park. Willow Creek and Orleans, in the less populated eastern part of the county, are home to the legendary Bigfoot. Many of our communities have doubled for “Anytown USA.”
The R.R.E.E.L., Inc. film office is here to help with your production needs and our services are provided free of charge. We look forward to welcoming you and your crew to our amazing redwood region.
The Redwood Region Entertainment and Education Liaisons, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation which serves as the Film Commission for Del Norte County as well as for Humboldt County, its sister county to the south. R.R.E.E.L., Inc is recognized by the County of Del Norte, County of Humboldt, and the California Film Commission as the official advocate for filming in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, California. We are a member of the Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI) and Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS).
Prior to taking on the role as Humboldt County Film Commissioner, Cassandra Hesseltine was involved in theater for 24 years, working as a director, actor, and teacher. Her interest expanded to film 10 years ago when she began producing independent films and television in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her last production was a television drama starring Steven Bauer, Julio Iglesias Jr., and Vida Guerra. In the redwood region, she has been a casting director for film, commercials, and print advertising for numerous clients including Good Year Tire, Bass Pro Shop, and Chevrolet, as well as for the movie, Humboldt County.
Ms. Hesseltine is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a degree in Psychology. She has also been a Friend of the Film Commission since 2005. Working as Film Commissioner she is committed to supporting both out-of-town and local filmmakers while working to stimulate the local economy through production. She believes with capable, experienced crew base, accommodating vendors, and film-friendly locations, Humboldt can shine as “the place to film.”