Secretary-Sharon-DeckerThe opportunity to voice your idea and concerns about the North Carolina Film Industry is coming on Monday, December 2.    The state secretary of commerce Sharon Decker will be in Wilmington to hear your stories of the impact film has had on our lives.  She wants to take those stories back with her Raleigh.  Joiingr her will be senior advisor Tony Almeida. Aaron Syrett from the NC Film Office will be in the audience. You are invited to attend the The 2013 Listening Tour session BUT YOU MUST REGISTER BY THIS FRIDAY!

It will take place 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Windell Daniels Hall (fifth floor) at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station, 502 N. Front St.

So who exactly is Sharon Decker?  Sharon Decker is our NC Secretary of Commerce, and has been an outspoken proponent of the NC film industry since she started in that role.  Do you remember when IM 3 did the crew shows in Wilmington? She was there that night and introduced the film and briefly spoke to the house.  

So, ALL NC  CREW, VENDORS and SUPPORTERS, come out and tell Sharon THANK YOU for her support of NC film and share why the incentive is important to you.

REGISTER NOW!  Email by Friday with “Southeast” in the subject line.

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  1. My name is Michael G. PLumides, Jr, JD – I am an author, writer, and filmmaker, currently under contract with Morgan Creek..

    I hold a Government and International Studies Degree from the University of South Carolina and also a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School. My family was involved in Greek-American politics for many years – My Uncle, John Plumides, twice Supreme President of AHEPA, ran for NC Congress in 1966 (albeit unsuccessfully), was Jimmy Carter’s campaign manager – John rode on Air Force One with Ladybird Johnson and visited the White House on many occasions meeting every President since Kennedy until his death – and advised on the the Cypress conflict where he met with Kissinger and Ford – photos recently released by the Gerald Ford library.

    Now that I’ve qualified myself, I wanted to let you in on something that I uncovered here in our home state of North Carolina.

    As you may know, the 25% film tax incentive is under some scrutiny by the GOP-controlled State House – and up until Pat McCrory’s governorship, he was film industry friendly as Mayor of Charlotte (who, coincidentally, they couldn’t get rid of on the set of “Shallow Hal”), has now turn-coated to throw the incentive program under the bus. The incentive is set to expire on January 1, 2015. The looming expiration has costed the state millions in future revenues – now the production companies in LA are all looking to Georgia.

    Originally, I though the reasoning was to undo anything the Democrats had supported until I found out that a state house rep from the Wilmington area, which depends on the film industry for their very livelihood was for letting the incentive lapse. This was very puzzling to me. Why would he commit political suicide unless there was some money or politics involved?

    The Republican Governor’s Association in Washington donated millions to have Pat McCrory elected – who now hides under his desk regarding the matter.

    David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek, asked my opinion about the incentives several months ago after he read they were lapsing in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Someone in the North Carolina GOP sent out a press release expressing that the State House was poised to let the incentives lapse. Not only do they wish to let the incentive lapse, but they also want to jeopardize filmmakers who would consider NC as their production location before 2015. There’s obviously an agenda here – much of NC’s business has already migrated to Georgia. The quote was, “You can come and film here but don’t expect us to write you a check.”

    The argument for the incentive is obviously jobs and revenue – the developing film industry as an investment – they only upped the incentive from 15% to 25% a few short years ago. Once the house was controlled by the GOP (as well as the Governorship) – they couldn’t wait to let it lapse. David’s assertion, from the information he is privy to in LA – indicates that NC’s production business will all go to Georgia due to crew base, a 30% incentive and facilities.

    The rub here is The Cathy Family (yes, those pesky Chick-fil-A billionaires) and who are big GOP supporters, are bankrolling Pinewood Studios in Fayette, GA. Beth Petty of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, has told me that we don’t have the resources that Georgia does to encourage private enterprise to help keep the incentives in place. Georgia lobbyist have already expressed how happy they were that NC may lose their Incentive Program. I believe that the Cathy’s are influencing North Carolina GOP candidates to abstain from action and let the incentive lapse at their behest – I haven’t found any evidence of direct donations – probably because they wanted to distance themselves from the whole anti-gay thing last year – and possibly they didn’t want anyone to connect the dots as I have). But oftentimes, Pat McCrory’s functions and events are catered or sponsored by Chick-fil-a (or MCcrory is said to be enjoying a Chick-fil-a sandwich). I did a lot of research here and I couldn’t find a direct connection between McCrory and Chick-fila until now.

    Pat McCrory made several appointments earlier this year – one of them was Marketing Director of Chick fil-a, Marcella Ramirez: . Marcella Ramirez, was appointed to the Union County Board of Education – admittedly, not a huge appointment but it shows a connection, nonetheless, between the Cathy family and McCrory. One of three appointments was a Chick-fil-a executive? There is a connection. As Ramirez has no prior education experience, this appointment, however small, was political. Every one of McCrory’s appointments serve his supporter’s interests.

    If we can show that the Cathy family donated moneys to McCrory’s campaign, through a super-pac, we can establish a causal connection between campaign funding and interests that are adverse to our state and through these accusations can keep our incentive – so it doesn’t cause further harm to the industry in North Carolina – one that we’ve been cultivating since the 80’s. Homeland, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Banshee, Iron Man 3, Revolution, Hunger Games, are all recent productions here. All of these productions will move to Georgia, guaranteed.

    One last thing – my question was one of the many McCrory didn’t answer on Facebook the other day. .

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