Rep. Tillis and Gov. Chris Christie sneak out back door to escape film supporters?

This morning on Market St between Front and 2nd, a total of 63 film supporters came out for a last minute mini-rally.  Not a bad turn out considering the rest of the folks are working. And what better place to hold one when the NJ Governor Chris Christie came into town to support the Koch Brothers’  funded Thom Tillis Campaign for US Senate.  We gathered and shared voting information, discussed which NCGA members are for and against our NC Film Incentives  (See Filmmakers voting guide – NCGA_FilmmakersVotingGuide_2014) and also to express our feelings about Thom Tillis showing up in Southeastern North Carolina to do some fundraising. As you know his campaign will fail without SENC on his side, and we will do everything we can to stop him.

When the cars came around in front of the Dixie Grill, Gov. Christie looked a little surprised at the crowd before him. Thom, not so much.  He’s got a good poker face. We gave them their respected breathing room and stood on the median 20 feet away. As media from Charlotte, Raleigh and, of course, Wilmington rolled their cameras and audio devices, the film supporters chanted, “Film =Jobs” until their vocal chords needed a rest.  As Tillis and Christie sashayed through the restaurant doors, a film truck rolled by with joyous honks to support those holding signs.

Meanwhile, Thom Goolsby snuck through the back door to get into the event.

While indoors they smiled and shook hands with their supporters, but the crowd moved on either side of the doorway, lining the curb and still chanting every few minutes.  As expected, Tillis said what we predicted he would say the minute he did his thing in the short session. “Well, I voted for film.”  When one knows the Senate won’t take it up, one can say anything he or she likes to look good.  Perhaps he shouldn’t have had his people whipping up votes against film the first time around!  I am not sure if he thinks we would not remember, or we are just plain dumb, but whatever the case, it was a nice effort on his part.  Bless his heart.

Knowing that we would not leave, it appeared that he chose to exit through the back door in order to avoid us like the plague as did Gov. Christie and Thom Goolsby. Is there any other explanation? Can’t think of any, either. We left the walkway clear for them to exit. I consider that quite a cowardice move, don’t you?

If you were unsure of what they really think about film in this state, you know now.  We have got to let them know just because you have billionaires in your back pocket, and “celebrity” politicians supporting you, doesn’t mean you will get elected.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/15/2014 Moral Monday, Thom Tuesday, Sleepy Hollow, Paper Towns, Under the Dome.

Under the Dome is tonight – Can you believe this is the second to last episode!  Wow!  Time is flying!

When a new threat from the Dome intensifies, the residents of Chester’s Mill find themselves at risk of being crushed to death. Meanwhile, Melanie’s health continues to deteriorate as the fate of the egg remains unknown, on Under The Dome.

Now, next Monday is the season finale of Under the Dome and the premiere of Sleepy Hollow!

Woooooo!!!! Yes! Yes! Yes!! Ahhhhhhh!!!

Okay, now that I got that off my chest!The Browncoat is hosting Under the Dome Season 2 Finale / Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Premiere Party next Monday.  Click on the FB invite for more details or to say you are going!

TOMORROW:  The big DVD release of Sleepy Hollow Season One.


Sorry about that, it was unavoidable. Wait….



Okay now I am done! Yesterday, I posted about Orlando Jones’ Tainted Love, an evening of film, with music by Wicked Warlock and Gang Stir Rock, dance and a Q & A from Orlando Jones at the end of the film! Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Though it is not part of the Cucalorus, it is playing the week of the film festival.  READ MORE NOW


Welcome back to a few of the local crew members who have started working on the Nicholas Sparks flick shooting here in Wilmywood, The Choice. Production begins October 13th.

Now on Friday I reported rumors about another movie coming to North Carolina before the film incentives end. And over the weekend, I got confirmation on it!  Woo Hoo!  This time around, Marty Bowen brings the love to Charlotte with Paper Towns. READ MORE NOW!

TONIGHT: Moral Monday! 5:30pm, join the New Hanover County NAACP and education, environmental, health care and voting rights partners to: Stand for equality, health care, full funding for education, a living wage, economic and environmental justice and Voting Rights for all North Carolina citizens. Check out their Facebook Invite now!

TOMORROW: NJ Governor Chris Christie will be in Wilmywood to support Thom Tillis’ Campaign.  Yes, this is the man who created bridge gate, and same Governor who shut down film in NJ and sent all the productions to New York.  NY was okay with it. They will be doing a meet and greet at the Dixie Grill between 10am-Noon.  If you would like to stop by, with a sign or two to express your feelings to Thom Tillis, please do so.

NEW POLL: Hagan Ahead, Leading Tillis 43-34
Today’s new American Insights poll shows Senator Kay Hagan with a 9-point lead, at 43-34, among Likely Voters. She leads among men, women and Independents.


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



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:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!