SPOKANE, Wash. -

Three movies made right here in Spokane are opening in January.

The first, Different Drummers, premiered Friday at the AMC in River Park Square. It's a nine year project from directors Lyle Hatcher and Don Caron, and it’s described as a touching family film.

Next up is the comedy Knights of Badassdom, which features stars from hit television shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood. Knights follows three friends dedicated to live-action role playing. That movie premieres on January 24 at the Magic Lantern Theater.

And finally, a romantic comedy starring Andy Garcia called At Middleton. It’s described as a fun story about a man and woman falling in love while taking their kids on a college admissions tour. Middleton opens at the Magic Lantern on the 31st.

North by Northwest partner Rich Cowan says Spokane shines bright on the big screen.

"We can do these things in Spokane you don't normally have in other cities,” Cowan said. “We don't have the traffic and the parking issues you might have in other cities. It’s a perfect place to make movies and it's fantastic for the local economy."

Cowan says most movies mean about 100 local hires. Out of 35 speaking parts, all but a handful are local actors.

It’s good for our local economy and our local film scene.