Commercial Film and Photography

About Filoli

Located just 20 minutes south of San Francisco International Airport, Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Built between 1915 and 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Northern Santa Cruz Mountains, Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture. A National Trust for Historic Preservation site, Filoli provides filmmakers and photographers a wide variety of venues.

Filoli on Film

Filoli has provided a memorable location for a variety of motion picture, television, and commercial productions.

Commercials and Catalogue Shoots

  • Estée Lauder
  • Burger King
  • The RealReal
  • Fast Company Magazine
  • Shutterfly
  • Tea Collection
  • Brunschweig et Fils’
  • Lincoln Mercury
  • Macy’s
  • Restoration Hardware
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Target
  • Vanderbyl Furniture
  • Volvo
  • Williams-Sonoma

Movies and Television

Heaven Can Wait (Movie)1978Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Dyan Cannon
Dynasty (TV Pilot)1981-89John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins
Starman (TV) 1986-87 Robert Hays
Bay Area Backroads (TV)1985
An Inconvenient Woman (TV) 1991Jason Robards, Jill Eikenberry, Rebecca De Mornay
Shadow of a Doubt (TV Movie) 1991Mark Harmon, Margaret Welsh, Norm Skaggs
Dying Young (Movie)1991Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Vincent D’Onofrio
The Joy Luck Club (Movie) 1993Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh
Bob Villa’s Historic Houses of America (TV) 1995
Nash Bridges (TV) 1996-2001Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
Lolita (Movie) 1997Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith
America’s Castles: Garden Estates (TV)1997
The Game (Movie) 1997Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn
George of the Jungle (Movie) 1997Brandan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden
What Dreams May Come (Movie) 1998Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra
Stigmata (Movie)1999Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce
The Wedding Planner (Movie) 2001Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Rent (Movie) 2005Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson, Idina Menzel
The Master (Movie)2012Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Other Television Spots

  • In Wine Country (KNBC)
  • Rebecca’s Garden (HGTV)
  • Henry’s Garden (KRON)
  • The Dirt on Gardening (DIY Network)
  • Gardening by the Yard (HGTV)
  • Smart Gardening (PBS)
  • P. Allen Smith