TOMORROW: Voting Day for Wilmington Film

ATTN: FILM CREW, ACTORS, BACKGROUND ACTORS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS!

We have been waiting for this chance to prove our power at the polls since the short session ended and Gov. Pat McCrory refused a special session for the NCGA.  We know many of you are working, so Saturday may be you only chance to rock your vote!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
MARKETPLACE MALL (near 10 Pin Alley just off S College Rd.)
230 Government Center Dr.
12pm

bETSYjORDANCandidate for NC House District 20 Betsy Jordan has made an open invitation to all crew members as well as background extras and small business owners that benefit from film to join her at the polls at high noon this Saturday!!  Yep, High Noon! It’s a showdown.  The ammunition?  Our vote.   So, please join her at the Government Complex at 230 Government Center Dr. If you can’t make it at Noon, they are open from 8am-8pm.

PLEASE bring a friend, family member, or another crew member to the polls!  It is vital that we exceed voter turnout expectations!

Now I wanna be very clear about this so there is no misunderstanding WHAT SO EVER!  This is an FYI list for you in regards to which candidates fully support our film industry. That being said, you should NEVER vote for a candidate based on one issue. I can’t tell you where they stand on every issue, but I can tell you where they stand on film.

These are the folks that I know are pro-film:
NHC Commissioner – Rob Zapple
NHC Sheriff – Ed McMahon
NHC Board of Education – Emma Saunders
NHC Board of Education – Chris Meek
NHC Board of Education – Tom Gale
NC House (14) George Cleveland
NC House (15) Philip Shepard
NC House (16) Steve Unger
NC House (17) Frank Iler
NC House (18) Susi Hamilton
NC House (19) Ted Davis
NC House (20) Betsy Jordan
NC Senate (6) Harry Brown
NC Senate (8) Ernie Ward
NC Senate (9) Michael Lee
NC Senate (9) Elizabeth Redenbaugh
Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson
U.S. Representative (District 7) Jonathan Barfield
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan

Now to add my own personal opinion on the film matter, one of the most important races this election cycle is the Kay Hagan / Thom Tillis race for US Senator.KayHaganBannerREDO

Thom Tillis is called “Thom 2Face Tillis” for a reason. He has said one thing and done another so many times, he is a disgrace to our state. ESPECIALLY when it comes to our North Carolina Film industry. Most recently, remember the “Double Cross” in the short session? Remember his back door escape to avoid the film supporters at the Dixie Grill? I personally think we can not let him continue his actions. He sure as hell didn’t represent us in the House, why would we ever let him represent our entire state?

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NC Film and small businesses that benefit.

Even though I have said this until I am blue in the face, it seems as though the message isn’t getting out there enough. 4200 people who hold full time jobs in the film industry isn’t the whole story; it’s just a part of it. Small businesses benefit from film in a big way. Talk to folks at The Ivy Cottage, Triangle Rent a Car, Old Books on Front, Manna, Brown Dog Coffee Co., Image Monster, etc. 100s of small businesses benefit from our NC Film Industry. Even Barber Shops.

Meet Mr. Graham. I did a story on him a few months back. (SEE STORY NOW), but if you have never met him, you probably didn’t realize he would be one of your favorite folks who live in Wilmington. With his infectious joyful personality and smile, he tells the story of how proud he is to support NC Film. Mr. Graham owns the barber shop at 5th and Castle Sts.  He had the opportunity to work with the film industry on Under the Dome. Listen to what he has to say. He has just one of 100s of stories that our politicians need to hear.

So, how can you help save NC Film? The majority of the general public loves the film industry here and agrees it needs to stay. So, get out and vote wisely. I can help you in a few counties.

FRIENDS of the NC Film Industry:
New Hanover: Elizabeth Redenbaugh, Betsy Jordan, Susi Hamilton, Ted Davis, Frank Iler
Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender: Ernie Ward
Pender, Onslow: Steve Unger
Bladen, Columbus, Robeson: Ken Waddell
Guilford, Rockingham: William Osborne
Guilford: Scott Jones

LIST OF WHO VOTED FOR AND AGAINST FILM: NCGA_FilmmakersVotingGuide_2014

Still looking for MORE volunteers at the polls!  We are looking for folks who are pro-NC Film to work in 2-4 hour shifts at the one stop early voting (October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014) locations and on Election day (November 4, 2014) in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County locations. GET MORE DETAILS NOW

ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL: Absentee voting runs through October 28, 2014

EARLY VOTING (ONE STOP) PERIOD: October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014

LIGHT THE FIRE: 2014 General Elections – What can I do?

I know everyone is absolutely exhausted, pained and everything in between since the short session, but now is not the time to sit idle.  We have exactly three weeks until early voting begins.  With that being said, we as film workers and supporters need to light this election a new one.  Not just in Wilmington, but statewide.  The one thing many of the media outlets did that was a disservice to the NC Film community was shine a light on the industry and made it look like it was just a Wilmington issue.  We all know it is not, but we are indeed the ones that raise our voices the loudest.

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But this week I opened my ears and eyes, and I am seeing and hearing crickets. Again, I know it’s been a long road and we are all tired, but we need to be the ones to ensure change.  We need to educate. We need to keep our promises.  The promise we made during the summer months was that we will show them the power of the film community on November 4th.  There are over 25,000 North Carolina residents that benefit from NC Film in some way.  We need you ALL to be present at the polls!

Yes, we did lose the battle, but we will NOT lose the war.  Change begins with you!  And it takes all of us to make that happen.  ALL of us.  The General Assembly’s Long Session is only 3 months away and we need the right people in office to get North Carolina back on the right track ESPECIALLY with film!

Here’s some ways you can help:

1) SHARE. Share Share Share.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.  See articles that favor our candidates that support the film industry.  Share them! Seriously, share them!

2) TWEET. Tweet and retweet with the hashtags: #NCGA #NCPOL.  You can follow our pro-film Representative Susi Hamilton at @RepSusiHamilton or us at @WilmywoodNC for all the latest.

3) VOLUNTEER. Volunteer at the polls.  We are looking for folks who are pro-NC Film to work in 2 hour shifts at the one stop early voting (October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014) locations and on Election day (November 4, 2014) in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County locations. GET MORE DETAILS NOW

4) USE IT.  This week the Koch Brothers really screwed up.  Use that!  Let the community know that they REALLY want shut down NC Film.  Let folks know which candidates Kochs/American For Prosperity/Civitas. are tied to.  i.e. Thom Tillis.

5) SHARE THE LIST: LIST OF WHO VOTED FOR AND AGAINST FILM: NCGA_FilmmakersVotingGuide_2014

6) REGISTER TO VOTE. Ask around, make sure everyone you know is registered to vote!  Deadline for registration is October 10th.  That’s only 8 days away!

7) ABSENTEE VOTE. Make sure your film friends who are leaving town for work VOTE.  Absentee voting by mail runs through October 28, 2014!

8) DONATE.  We have folks like Ernie Ward, Elizabeth Redenbaugh, Steve Unger, and Betsy Jordan who are HUGE film supporters.  We MUST get them in office.  So support them! Those across NC let people know who is for film in your district.  Don’t be silent.  Be LOUD about it!

9) DRESS THE PART. Wear it in public!  Show your film pride!  Sport your Film =Jobs shirts.  Wear your production t-shirts.  Everywhere.  It’s always a conversation starter when you are out and about.  Let people know who is on our side!

10) FEEL IT. BELIEVE IT. Light that fire! Feel that passion you had just a few months ago and make your voice be heard!  You have 21 days.  Make each one count!

Let’s turn the tables and make this election have the greatest turn out in North Carolina’s history!

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/29/2014 Sleepy Hollow, The Choice, Tonight’s Debate and more.

Sleepy Hollow is back tonight on FOX 9pm!

And FINALLY we will see our Sleepy folks back in action as they resume filming on Wednesday.

ABC’s Secrets and Lies will be shooting in Porter’s Neck today!

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Thanks to director Ross Katz for some Wilmywood love on Twitter! He is here for The Choice which begins production October 13th.

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TONIGHT: It’s a face off! PLEASE ATTEND! Betsy Jordan takes on Rep. Rick Catlin in a debate. READ MORE NOW!

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Wilmington is not the only one that is feeling the affects of the NC film incentives expiring at the end of the year. Mooresville residents explain in this story.  READ NOW

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REGISTER TO VOTE: If you have not yet registered to vote, you must do so NO LATER THAN October 10, 2014 by 5pm or you will NOT be able to vote in the General Elections on November 4, 2014.

ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL: Absentee voting by mail begins September 5,2014 and runs through October 28, 2014

EARLY VOTING (ONE STOP) PERIOD: October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014

LIST OF WHO VOTED FOR AND AGAINST FILM: NCGA_FilmmakersVotingGuide_2014

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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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

 

FACE OFF: Catlin vs Jordan – Monday Night

ATTN: FILM PEEPS!  THIS MONDAY PLEASE ATTEND THIS DEBATE – YOU ARE ALL INVITED!

WWAY TV3 – Monday night, candidates for NC House District 20 will meet for a debate sponsored by WWAY and WHQR.

Republican incumbent Rep. Rick Catlin and Democratic challenger Betsy Jordan face off from 7 until 8 p.m. at WHQR’s studios at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington, where you can be part of a live studio audience.

If you cannot make it, watch the debate live here on WWAYTV3.com or listen on WHQR 91.3 FM.

Other candidate forums are planned, including one featuring the candidates for New Hanover County Commission on Monday, Oct. 6.

Positive Impact: Keep the NC Film Incentives (VIDEO)

 
Director:  Jonathan Landau
Producers:  Jonathan Landau, Marty Landau
Gaffer – Mark Rudolph
Cam. Assistant – Ryan Risley
Art Dept. – Irene Santiago Baron
Cast: Michael Kuhn, Matt McHugh with
V. O. by Betsy Jordan (Candidate for NC House District 20).