May the 4th be with you Wilmywood!

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Today is the one year anniversary on the NC Film Rally which was held downtown Wilmington.  With over 1,000 people in attendance, we chanted, we cheered, we pleaded with our leaders, but it fell on deaf ears.

Now as we wait for the General Assembly to decide whether to add funds to the pathetic film grant we now have, perhaps we should remind them that We, the People, are just as passionate about keeping film jobs in North Carolina.

Today let’s honor our fight by reliving the NC Film Rally last year.  Post your photos and videos on ALL social media outlets from the rally and use the hashtags:

#NCFilm #SaveNCFilm #NCGA 

Wilmywood’s Joe Dunton and his successful jaunt from NC to LA.

Wilmington’s own Joe Dunton jetted west to Los Angeles  for  4 days of nonstop film fun and of course to talk serious NC Film Business on an International scale — as only Joe would do it.  As always Mr. Dunton does everything he can to keep Wilmington, NC in the forefront of Hollywood’s mind.  Here’s a ‘lil photo journal of his time in LA which was very well spent.


Joe Dunton meets with major financiers and Chinese investors interested in American properties (both film properties and the Real estate type) at the summit, as well as film producers and movie development companies targeting Chinese-American co-financing and co-productions in the United States and abroad.


Joe Dunton with the Aussie producer Lucy Rice, founder of Amala Films, and the forthcoming biopics The Divine Mistake, about a disabled artist, and Seven Days to Live, the story of the first convicted murderer in the U.S. exonerated by DNA evidence — before stepping into the China-US Business Summit.


Joe Dunton with Richard L. Anderson, Academy-Award nominated sound editor for Poltergeist, and Daylight, now a writer-director working with the Chinese. Richard was a keynote speaker at the Summit.


Joe Dunton talks NC Film with famed actor-producer James Hong, best known for Blade Runner, Chinatown, Big Trouble in Little China, Wayne’s World 2, and Seinfeld — among more than 500 roles in a seven-decade career.


Joe Dunton accepts special invitation to the screening of the re-mastered Blade Runner, directed by his old pal Ridley Scott, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Joe and Ridley began as “mates in the UK”, their close working and personal relationship has spanned decades.

image6Joe Dunton experienced the most advanced IMAX system in the world in 3D at the TCL Chinese Theatre. ​He was invited by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to a technical demonstration and screening of the new Imax laser-illuminated projector and immersive-sound system (LIPS) in 3D on the Chinese Theatre’s screen — 90 feet wide and 45 feet tall, the only theatre in the U.S. to boast such as system, though more are planned, touted as “the science of cinema raised to the level of magic.”

​The lasers allow a 50 percent increase in illumination, especially noticeable in 3D. ​Joe is reported to have nodded in approval. ​He and his SMPTE friends stayed to see Fast and Furious 7 the premiere of IMAX LIPS in the U.S., financed in part by Chinese investors. F&F 7 is China’s highest grossing movie of all time.


​Joe Dunton with Natasha Braier, the internationally acclaimed cinematographer, on the set of The Neon Demon in Pasadena. ​Natasha, born in Argentina, was named one of 2013 Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch and has lensed Glue, XXY, Chinese Puzzle, The Rover, and The Milk of Sorrow, winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and an Academy-Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

​Natasha earned her master of cinematography at the National Film and TV School in the United Kingdom, where she was a classmate and friend of Joe’s daughter, the director Erica Dunton.


​Joe is there in more than spirit: Natasha Braier, the cinematographer, is using Joe’s hand-designed specialty lenses throughout the entire shoot for The Neon Demon. ​The film stars Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning and Christine Hendricks and is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who helmed the Pusher films, Valhalla Rising, Only God Forgives and the Academy Award nominated and critically acclaimed, Drive starring Ryan Gosling.


Joe received a warm on-set reception from a beaming Natasha, Elle Fanning, and a clearly impressed Nicholas Refn. Natasha made certain that Joe was on set to see the current exciting work these one of a kind Dunton lenses are producing on this very artistic, new Keanu movie.

ASHEVILLE, NC: Dirty Dancing coming this summer?


This summer don’t you dare put Baby in the corner!  The remake of Dirty Dancing which we have been talking about for a couple of months now, will indeed be heading back to the Asheville area, but when is the question.  When speaking with one of the production companies on this project, they still can’t even give a date as to when they are opening up offices in NC, citing no director or cast has even been selected yet.  Even so, it has been listed as Summer 2015. So, who knows, it could go into fall for all we know.

Although Production Weekly has Tim Bourne listed as Line Producer, don’t believe  it.  He’s currently working in Atlanta right now and is not attached to the project. I have notice that they have new producers and writers posted this time around. Producing are now Debra Martin Chase, Eleanor Bergstein and Judy Cairo.

The Citizen-Times has a little article that just came out.  They write,  “Application materials indicate the production will create an estimated 1,225 jobs in North Carolina, including 900 extras, 30 cast members and 225 “crew/full time” jobs. Total personnel is expected to be 1,300.” READ ARTICLE NOW

More details to come.

STATUS: Development / Pre-Production
LOCATION: Asheville, NC
PRODUCERS: Debra Martin Chase, Eleanor Bergstein, Judy Cairo

Coming from Martin Chase Productions, Allison Shearmur Productions and ABC (along with Lionsgate) is the remake of the 1987 romance film Dirty Dancing, a coming-of-age drama that documents a young debutante’s rebellion against her father by starting a relationship with a dance instructor during a family summer vacation.

DOR releases their report for 2014 direct film spending in NC.


The Department of Revenue released their report for direct spending. Productions spent $241,372,169 in North Carolina on goods, supplies, wages and employee benefits in 2014, receiving $60,343,039 (25%) in rebates.

Just a quick clarification from the NC Film Office: the numbers released by the NCDOR reflect what productions SUBMITTED on their required forms–which they can file at any time the production is ready– and does not necessarily mean that is what was spent or jobs created that specific year. For example, the NCDOR report does not have the full season of “Secrets and Lies” and its “Sleepy Hollow” numbers are for a previous year (not 2014’s S2); thus the total number is not ALL of what was spent in 2014. There are also productions listed that filmed prior to 2014, like “Well Wishes” and “Los Jets.”

Now, that being said, taking the top spot was who we expected. Sleepy Hollow spent a hefty $43,648,743. The Fox production also took the top spot when it comes to hires. Sleepy Hollow employed 1593 folks (Season One).

Our CBS show, Under the Dome spent $35,158,244 and employed 500.


The Cinemax series Banshee brought us $35,051,297. (no employment # listed)

Homeland was not far behind, spending $31,029,540. (no employment # listed) Submitted from 2013.

Other productions of note include The Longest Ride which spent $23,345,745 and hired close to 600 people. Another big job giver was the family film Max which hits theaters in July.  They spent $18,630,757 and employed 1082 people.

Further breaking down the report, productions spent $136 million in New Hanover County and just over $95 million in Mecklenberg County.

In total, $241,372,169 was spent in North Carolina by film and TV productions last year with 8381 jobs created. Check out the links below to see what’s film has spent in North Carolina over the last 9 years.

Spending in NC from 2005-2014


Eriq LaSalle returns to Under the Dome for Season 3


First time around, the fabulous Eriq La Salle came to Wilmywood with his director’s cap on for episode 2.9 of Under the Dome. He got right into the local scene.  Eriq joined me on the Sunny Morning Show and even had a book signing at our Mayfaire Barnes & Noble.  This time he is back as a cast member!  He will play the ruthless Hektor Martin, the CEO of the energy company run by Barbie’s father played by Brett Cullen.  He will also return to direct this season.  Again the 9th episode.  Does he have a thing for the number nine?  Inquiring minds want to know!eriq-and-sheila-e1401983201400

We are SO proud and excited to have Eriq back. While you wait, you might as well pick up his book series ( Laws of Innocence, Laws of Depravity, Laws of Wrath) and give ’em a read!  He’s a fantastic writer!  Is there anything this man cannot do?

Welcome back Eriq!  We love you to pieces!

Under the Dome returns for its third season on Thursday, June 25 with a two-hour premiere 9pm EST on CBS.


North Carolina Film Releases for 2015 and 2016

NC Film Cast & Crew!  You worked hard as hell!  It’s time you go see the movie magic you created.  Here’s a look at the film/TV schedule for 2015/2016 that was proudly made right here in North Carolina.

BansheeChayton-Littlestone BANSHEE SEASON 3 –  Premiered January 9, 2015

The Banshee production team enjoyed shooting in the Charlotte area until the NCGA did away with the NC Film incentives. Sadly, they moved to PA for season 4.

one-and-two-berlin-sxswONE AND TWO – Hit Berlin & SXSW,  theatrical release TBA.

Filming took place in Piedmont Triad Region. And although it hasn’t hit theaters yet, it has made it’s way to the film fest circuit and has already received kudos.

Two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.

Berlin International Film Festival -Nominated for Crystal Bear “Generation 14plus – Best Film” (Andrew Droz Palermo)

Director: Andrew Droz Palermo
Producers: Matthew Perniciaro | Kim Sherman | Michael Sherman | Patrick M. Wood
Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Timothée Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser, Grant Bowler, Kyle Bell

SNL_RyanJulietteSECRETS AND LIES – Premiered March 1, 2015

The 2 hour premiere of the Wilmywood shot Secrets and Lies on ABC (WWAY) was on March 1st. Although critics speculate a second season pick-up, it is unlikely they will return to NC due to the lack of film incentives.

“The Trail; The Father” kicked off with Ben out for his morning jog when he stumble upon the corpse of a young boy, Ton Murphy.  Ben’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a murder suspect.  However, Tom’s mother suspects her estranged husband might be the killer.

PRODUCER: Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Belle Shouse, Dan Fogler, Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand, Kate Ashfield.

LongestrideTHE LONGEST RIDE – in theaters April 10, 2015

This lovely picture was shot all throughout NC.  They started in Wilmington, then headed up to Jacksonville, then headed West to the Yadkin area.

The lives of a young couple intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love.

PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Bob Teitel
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr
CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Alan Alda

Make poster from thisTHE SQUEEZE – available via Groupon  and in limited theaters nationwide April 17, 2015.

The Squeeze which was shot right here in Wilmywood in the fall of 2013. The feature stars Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Sumpter, Jillian Murray and Michael Nouri, along with some of our local actors including Michael Rosander, David Andrews, and Logan Siu to name a few. The Squeeze is a true story about a young man from a small southern town who gets caught in between two notorious gamblers, until the stakes become a matter of life or death. The film has been submitted to the Toronto Film Festival in September.

AshbyASHBY- Premiered at Tribecca Film Fest April 19, 2015. TBA when it hits US theaters.

” Ashby is able to maintain a consistently humorous and light tone. Ed and Ashby’s worldview is more than a bit skewed, but so is the film’s, and it works well enough to keep the film entertaining and bouncy.” – IndieWire

Starring  Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman. It was shot in the Charlotte area.

under-the-dome-cbsUNDER THE DOME SEASON 3 – Thursday, June 25, 2015 -2 hour premiere 9pm-11pm (CBS)

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other. 

WRITER: Stephen King, Neal Baer
CAST: Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle LeFevre, Mike Vogel, Mackenzie Lintz, Eddie Cahill

MaxMAX – in theaters June 26, 2015

Max, the war dog movie which was shot in Charlotte and the surrounding areas last year, has given us the gift of a trailer!  The family adventure film was directed by Boaz Yakin. This story was inspired by true events.

papertownsPaper Towns – in theaters July 24, 2015.

ABOUT PAPER TOWNS: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew. ~GoodReads

Masterminds-2015MASTERMINDS – in theaters August 14, 2015.

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Jody Hill
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig

Max Steel Movie rfilme2015MAX STEEL – in theaters August 28, 2015

16 year old Max McGrath is discovering that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starting to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

PRODUCERS: Bill O’Dowd,  Julia Pistor
WRITER: Christopher Yost
DIRECTOR: Stewart Hendler
CAST: Ben Winchell,  Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello


No exact date pinned down as of yet.  Hopefully more info will come out soon! The original was a TV comedy series that premiered on Spike back in 2010.

PRODUCERS: Eric Falconer | Eric Fischer | Warren Ostergard | Alan Ritchson |
DIRECTOR: Lev L. Spiro
WRITER: Eric Falconer | Alan Ritchson | Chris Romano

Three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.


disappointmentsroomTHE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM – in theaters September 25, 2015

A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

WRITER: Wentworth Miller (screenplay)
CAST: Kate Beckinsale, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin

RiverGuardRIVER GUARD – 2015 – still waiting for actual release date

TheChoiceTHE CHOICE – February 5, 2016

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)
CAST: Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker, Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario


No word yet on The Sin Seer.

ROCK HILL, SC: Cinemax’s Outcast accepting crew resumes


The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman is bringing South Carolina a series for Cinemax.  Outcast. They shot the pilot in Rock Hill, SC back in December.

The projected start date is July 20th and should run through November for a 10 episode run and they head back to their original shooting grounds.

No word yet on UPM or LP.

Outcast is based on a comic by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta which follows Kyle Barnes (Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

So all you Banshee folks and the rest of the Charlotte film peeps, send your CREW ONLY resumes to: You’re gonna have to cross state lines to find work!

Actors and Background actors, this is NOT a call for you.  That will come later :)


STATUS: Pre-Prod: NOW / Production: July 20, 2015-November
PRODUCERS: David Alpert, Sue Naegle, Chris Black
WRITER/PRODUCER: Robert Kirkman, Meg LeFauve
DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard
CAST: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Gabriel Bateman, Reg E. Cathey (St. Vincent), Julia Crockett (The Absence), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan)
Crew resumes to: