THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/13/2014 Is NC Senate Hopeful Pro Film? Sleepy Hollow, EP Neal Baer’s NC Documentary, & more!

Hey there! Happy Monday! Unfortunately, I will not be on Sunny 104.5 this morning.  I have some kind of ear and throat virus thingy, so I don’t want to infect my fellow co-workers.  I will return on Tuesday.  Regardless of being all sicky, I still had a great weekend and I am ready to to have one hell of a kick ass week. How ’bout you?

Now FINALLY tonight is the night!  Let’s review what’s in store for us on Sleepy Hollow at 9pm EST on FOX.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 1.11 – “Vessel”  
When Capt. Iriving’s daughter, Macy, becomes the target of evil forces, he makes a desperate plea to Crane and Mills for help and seeks answers that lie within Washington’s Bible. Meanwhile, a frightening chapter of Jenny’s past is revealed.

With all that being said, I wanted scoop!  So I reached out to our buddy Nick Gonzalez, who plays Detective Luke Morales on the show, and asked him to dish!  Here’s what he said about tonight’s episode:


What? Nick, you better be pulling our chains, my friend!  Now I will be racking my brain all damn day until tonight’s episode!  Argh!  You little rat!  Love ya anyway!


Also, thanks to @sparta46 for telling me, the fabulous Tom Mison will be on Live with Kelly and Michael today!  @TonMisonFans thanks for the pic.  Stay warm this morning!


I have an interview with the handsome Tom Mison tomorrow morning so please submit your questions NOW!, Subject line: Tom Mison


Elizabeth Redenbaugh on Twitter: @ERedenbaugh

Now, on to politics!  Yuck!  I know, but stay with me, you need to hear this!  So, when I heard the news on Friday about State Sen. Thom Goolsby (R- New Hanover County) saying good-bye to the NC senate, it really caught my attention.  You see, normally I don’t pay attention to anything political, after all I HATE POLITICS!  However, you know why my ears perked up, don’t you?  My mind started reeling. Who will replace him?  Will this person be 100% for NC Film?  While my brain was pondering those questions, the very next day I saw that Elizabeth Redenbaugh (D) put her name in the hat for the 9th District seat in the North Carolina State Senate.  Now, while I have known her for years, I just wanted to make sure exactly where she stood when it came to the film industry and our incentives.

So, I caught up with Elizabeth and straight out asked her, “Are you 100% pro NC film incentives? I gotta know!”  And here is what she said:

“Yes ma’am, I am! We have to get rid of the sunset provision. I attended the “State of the Slate” during the Cucalorus Film Festival. It was a discussion about film incentives. I understand that the sunset provision is killing future projects here since they spend approximately one and a half years in pre-production. Why would they come here when the incentives could be gone when they actually begin shooting? We have quite a few friends who work in various capacities in the film industry, so I “get it.” Two of our children were extras on the set of Tammy last year. I was blown away by the wide variety of businesses who benefited economically from the filming: tent rental, lighting, catering, traffic control, transportation…”

Elizabeth was given the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Elizabeth received this award specifically for her work in speaking out against the socioeconomic and racial segregation in New Hanover County’s schools.  Whoever you vote for in the next election, Wilmywood, choose wisely!  Also, let me remind everyone from every county across North Carolina, as new people come to light and decide to run for government office, I plead you to ask that very question.  And don’t stop asking until you get a SOLID answer!

tscc3FYI:  Our celebrity of the ocean Mary Lee, the Great White Shark is back for a visit.  The most recent ping had Mary Lee just off our coast.


UTDSet062013_0102As Under the Dome opens offices this week, I would like to highlight a film, that unless you got a ticket to see it during Cucalorus 19, you missed it. Our executive producer and showrunner of Under the Dome, Neal Baer, teamed up with one of his Facebook friends, Emily Pilloton, who runs a non-profit devoted to helping impoverished communities address their problems.  After speaking with her, he was inspired to create the 85 minute documentary, If You Build It.  According to the filmmakers, this documentary follows designers Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to one of the poorest counties in our state, Bertie County.

They work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. Directed by Patrick Creadon and produced by Christine O’Malley and Neal Baer, IF YOU BUILD IT offers a hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures., Baer takes a look at an inspiring community development project in rural North Carolina’s poorest county that spotlights the difficult socio-economic issues at the center of many American’s lives.


“I think it’s a template for what education can become in this country,” Baer says. “We, I think, spend too much time preparing kids for tests so that they can then take more tests and more tests. And the creativity, the problem-solving elements that are so critical and crucial for our society to face the major issues we’re facing can often get lost. ”  READ ARTICLE FROM NEWSMAXTV NOW 

The film continues to screen throughout the country, but I would love to have a public screening of this film here in Wilmywood.  If we get at least 65 people interested in seeing the screening, I can make it happen so PLEASE email: and tell me if this would interest you.  SUBJECT LINE: If You Build it.  If you have already seen it, please post your thoughts about it below in the comments section!

RECOMMENDED VIEWING: TED Talks: Emily Pilloton – Teaching design for change


Let’s continue with our Under the Dome coverage.  On Friday, did a write up about this.  The news came out (which thanks to my friends Laura, I am telling you this) Stephen King‘s Under the Dome will FINALLY be released in mass-market paperback.  This time the book is divided in half; part one will be available on  February 25th, and part 2 comes out on March 25th. Both are available for pre-order on  – READ MORE ABOUT IT NOW AT FEARNET.COM.


VOTING ENDS WEDNESDAY for Encore Magazine’s Best Of 2014!! So, go on get to votin‘!!  

Don’t forget these important categories!
  • Best Thing to Happen in ILM 2013:  Film/TV Production, Ziggy’s Opening, California Roots: Carolina Sessions.
  • Best Local Independent Film: Pieces of Talent, Bound by Sea, Children of Salt
  • Best Local Filmmaker: Joe Stauffer, Keith Welborn, Brannigan Carter.
  • Best Blog: The Wilmywood Daily, Port City Foodies, Girls Gone Gluten Free

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow  morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.   I am out today, but Mike will have you covered on the airwaves. Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

1 Comment

  1. We are so fortunate to have Neal Baer as one of our producers/show runners on Under the Dome. Not only is he creatively gifted as a writer, he’s also a pediatrician educated at Harvard Medical School and is still very involved in health care as an advocate for adolescent health issues.

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