FINALLY we made it to Friday! Man, is it me or did this week feel like the LONGEST week ever? Well, let’s get right to it!
FILMMAKERS GET READY! Winston-Salem’s own RiverRun International Film Festival announced this week that it has been accepted as a qualifying festival for the Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject award category. Evan Vetter, are you listening? Tony Morin? Rob Hill?
This is huge news for North Carolina Filmmakers. Entering your film and trying to attend festival can get really expensive, so it’s nice to have an Oscar qualifying festival in our state. This new change to River Run allows documentary shorts to forgo a standard theatrical run, provided that winning films otherwise comply with Academy rules. Now in its 16th year, RiverRun will run April 4-13 in downtown Winston-Salem.
We were doin’ a little touchdown dance when this news came out yesterday. WILMYWOOD is #2 in Moviemaker Magazine’s Best Places to Live & Work as a Moviemaker in 2014
The article sited of course 3 of our flicks were in the top grossing films of 2013. I think our NC Film crew can take full credit for that. That’s right! Your welcome Iron Man! Moviemaker also sites our North Carolina’s tax incentives, the increase of the project cap from $7.5 to $20 million. But my favorite part was the last sentence which came from Aaron Syrett, Director of our NC Film Office:
“If producers are not looking at North Carolina, they’re not doing their jobs!”
Haha! Yeah, you right! Tell ’em Aaron! If you notice, the #1 cities are not mentioned. You gotta buy the mag to find out. Gotta say that is pretty smart marketing plan on their part. It hits the shelves on Tuesday. So who is going to be #1 in the big cities? Atlanta? New Orleans?
Okay – Moving on. I gotta complaint yesterday that actors were directly contacting Principal Casting Directors. So, I said I would try to help in this department. If you are a working actor, then you know this is a HUGE no-no. This does not help you! Okay, but you know what, after giving it some thought, I know you don’t wanna hear it from me.
We should probably get an expert to chime in on this subject. I will let Casting Director Marty Siu give you some insight on this topic. LISTEN NOW!
By the way, when I called Marty she was surrounded by a film crew who is shooting a Suicide Prevention Film. She believes that this is a very important issue, so not only has she volunteered her time being part of the crew, but her son Logan Siu has volunteered his acting skills to bring this film to life! Way to give back Siu family! This little flick is written and directed by Missy Beasley and also stars Rebekah Cohen. It is being produced by Clout Motion Pictures!
REMINDER: ENCORE BEST OF MASQUERADE BALL will be Saturday, February 8th at the Brooklyn Arts Center. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Winners will be announced that night! BUY TICKETS NOW!
I wonder since it’s a ball this year, if I will have to get dolled up?
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That just about does it for me; I will have the Wilmywood Week In Review for you tomorrow and more Wilmywood updates for you Monday morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning Sheila does “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5. Got Scoop? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB or on Twitter. You can also just post your comments below! Until then, that’s a wrap!!