NC Filmmaker heats things up in Wilmington.

Wilmington in Fire: Thalian Hall, Main Stage on Saturday at 3:45pm.

The 21st Cucalorus Film Festival is officially in full swing. Today is day two and they will be showcasing a full slate of films all throughout downtown.

Over 250 flicks all week long, and new this year, the Cucalorus Connect Conference.

The hardest decision for anyone this year will be which films to see.  If you follow me via social media, you know which one I would send you to.  The highly anticipated documentary Wilmington On Fire, what director Christopher Everett calls, “Wilmington’s best kept secret.”

The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 here in Wilmington. It’s so hard to imagine that this actually took place. How was any human being okay with this?  It simply blows by mind! This week is the 117 year anniversary of the horrific event.


I asked Chris why it was so important for him personally to tell this story.

I’ve always had a love for researching and learning more about African-American history, especially history that is rarely discussed or talked about. That was one of the main reasons why I decided to do a film on the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, North Carolina. I really wanted to make a film from the perspective of the African-American victims and also how the Coup plotters were able to pull of this horrific event that changed the course of American history forever. I want this film to really engage and start dialogue on this history along with current race relations not only in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina, but all over America. The discussion of economic reparations must be brought to the mainstream for these atrocities such as the Wilmington Massacre and I hope this film will lead the way towards that.

It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d’état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. “Wilmington on Fire” gives a compelling historical and present day look at this event showing how the violent overthrow of an existing government not only cemented white supremacy in the city of Wilmington and the state of North Carolina but also throughout the United States of America.

Everett is from Laurinburg and a proud NC Filmmaker. He has been working on this documentary for years and now we FINALLY get to see it.

Wilmington on Fire will screen at Thalian Hall, Main Stage on Saturday at 3:45pm. Get your tickets now before it sells out and get there early!cucalorus-header

The soundtrack for Wilmington on Fire was released yesterday. GO TO SOUNDCLOUD NOW

Wilmington on Fire Social Media Links:
Facebook: Wilmington on Fire
Twitter: @wilmington1898
YouTube: wilmingtononfire

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 10/16/2015 Tidbits for the week

TNT’s Good Behavior starring Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto has had some great weather for filming this week. They’ve been to Manna, Isaac’s Men’s Store, and Salt Works to name a few. Today they head to EUE/Screen Gems and trek out to Currie next week.

blakecrouchI’m gettin’ a really good feelin’ about this one. I smell a pick up! Let’s hope they return to Wilmywood if they do! Chad, Blake…are you listening? We would love to see you back here in 2016!

You know what else I am hearing? “Everyone is so nice!” From the producers to the director to the actors, I keep hearing what a great group they are to work with.


The fundraising campaign for Cucalorus 21 has 11 days to go!  The funding supports basic needs like equipment rental and venue rental – helping Wilmington to stage one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” according to MovieMaker Magazine!  You can pledge and choose your reward level. There are some great rewards ranging from festival passes to t-shirts and tote bags.  DONATE NOW


The Low Budget Faith-based Feature Film titled Restoration will be coming to Wilmington for a big high school wrestling match scene. They need non-paid extras at Williston Middle School this Saturday the 17th. Email if you can work and for more details.

Finally, it’s Tim Robbins’ birthday! Let’s celebrate  by remembering The Hudsucker Proxy that was filmed right here in Wilmywood. Here’s the best scene showcasing downtown Wilmington when they filmed here in 1993. The movie was released in ’94. Enjoy the clip above!


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/24/2014 – ILM Film Rally, Joyce Gilliard, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, The Heart

The BIG BREAKING news this morning was the Wilmington Film Rally!  The date is set for Sunday, May 4th at 5pm.  Supporters from all walks of life, this should be MANDATORY.  READ MORE NOW


On February 20, 2014, Local 798 Sister Joyce Gilliard was injured on the set of Midnight Rider. There is 38 days left and so far they have raised $5,025 surpassing their $5,000 goal.  Please support our Sleepy Hollow hairstylist by donating today. – DONATE NOW  

WUIW_longUnder the Dome is running two units again today.  They will be at the sound stages, Trask Lake as well as “Lyle’s Barbershop” on Castle St.Yesterday, Sleepy Hollow put out their first casting call of the season.  They are gonna need 50 guys to start off with for season 2.  GET DEETS NOWThe Heart is looking at temporary financing troubles. Indian Paintbrush, the current financier of the film is rethinking the budget which is just a little too rich for their blood.  The film has an estimated budget of $18.5 million. Given information is stating that if the budget could reduce to $13 million that financing may not prove as hard to do. The Heart team has until next Friday (May 2) to either lower the budget or find another financier. Indian Paintbrush has not pulled out of the project, but is looking for other fiscal options to make this movie happen.  The Heart was scheduled to begin production in North Carolina in June of 2014.  We will keep you posted as more details come. READ STORY NOW



Wilm Sign (1) (1)SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: EUE/Screen Gems Studios will begin their tours again THIS WEEKEND!  Very inexpensive, one hour long and it will be all things Dome.  Okay, more than just Under the Dome, however, you will get to visit the sound stages!  Woo hoo!  GET INFO NOW!

Crow_GiantFRIDAY NIGHT: We are nearing  the 20th Anniversary of The Crow and Giant is holding a screening with a Q&A from crew members who worked on the flick.  The event is TOMORROW night at 7pm.  There will be wine & beer specials and it is absolutely open to the public.  The event will benefit the UNCW Film Program & Cape Fear Indie Film Fest with the help of Fanboy Comics.   Giant is located at 1200 N 23rd St – Suite 209.  Call 910-200-9511 for more details or go to the FACEBOOK INVITE

EclecticSATURDAY NIGHT: Dress in your 1960s best and head on down to The Eclectic Etc (831 South Kerr Avenue) for a early evening fabulous party.  Hang out with some great filmmakers, crew and some of the potential legislators who are pro-film!  The 1960′s Cocktail Party  begins at 6:00pm this Saturday. GET INFO NOW!




filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too!

Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!


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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 11/12/2013 Hunger Games, Under the Dome, Film Incentives, Sleepy Hollow and More.

hungergames Happy 11/12/13 day to ya!  Lots to cover today, so let’s get right to it!  In love with the Hunger Games? Well, you can own a piece of the movie…and wear it!  It is wardrobe galore from our beloved North Carolina shot Hunger Games!  In fact, over 200 original screen-worn costumes from the flick will be on the auction block. Interested bidders can participate in person, by telephone, absentee and Internet. The auction site says:

“Included in the auction will be costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence as “Katniss,” Josh Hutcherson as “Peeta,” Elizabeth Banks as “Effie,” Stanley Tucci as “Caesar,” Liam Hemsworth as “Gale,” Woody Harrelson as “Haymitch,” Lenny Kravtiz as “Cinna,” Donald Sutherland as “President Snow,” Wes Bentley as “Seneca,” and many, many more.”

AmandaSternbergAnd that does include wardrobe from our fabulous Rue, Amandla Stenberg who is currently in Wilmywood playing Macey, Captain Irving’s daughter on Sleepy Hollow.  CHECK OUT ALL THE ITEMS NOW!  Proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And speaking of Sleepy Hollow, an amazing night for a Midnight Ride! I will have the ratings report later today in a separate blog post per usual.  Phillip Iscove (co-creator Sleepy Hollow), posted a great article from Forbes which finally answers the question, “Why is Sleepy Hollow a hit?”  READ IT NOW! tscc3 UTDScript_MealsOnWheelsAlso up for grabs is an autographed Pilot script from Under the Dome!   Make your bid now.  All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Pender County. Folks can bid online or bid in person at the Pender Adult Services Dinner Gala and Silent Auction this Thursday evening.  The cover page is complete with actors, directors, and production staff signatures.  A few of the names include:  Mackenzie Lintz, Colin Ford, Neil Arden Oplev, Jack Bender, Dean Norris, Jolene Purdy, Aisha Hinds, Rachelle Lefevre, Brian K. Vaughan, Natalie Martinez, Mike Vogel, Alex Koch, Britt Robertson. stateslate ATTENTION NC FILM LOVERS: Don’t miss this presentation about the future of film and the incentive at Cucalorus Film Festival this Thursday, Nov. 14 at Thalian Hall at 4pm.  State of the Slate: The Future of Film in North Carolina.  This special panel presented by Entertainment Partners at the 19th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival will highlight the Film and Television production incentives tax structure and production resources that have made North Carolina an evolving filmmakers destination.  GET ALL THE DETAILS NOW!

Meanwhile, state legislators have film incentives on the list to talk about today as they explore ways to make up for $600,000,000 of lost revenue.

State Rep. for Columbus, Robeson, and parts of Bladen Counties, Ken Waddell,  is on the Revenue Law Study Committee and when it comes to film incentives he said he would like to see state lawmakers increase them, since the film industry affects almost every county in our region. Amen brother!  Let’s hope all ears are open today!
“A part of Revolution was filmed in Chadbourn. There’s been some other filming going on in Whiteville and in other places. Filming is really important. It provides a lot of jobs to a lot of people. That helps small businesses pass the bucks around,” said Waddell.  READ THE STORY FROM WECT

Yesterday, Eastbound and Down release a tease for the season finale.  What?  Finale, you say?  I know, time is flying!  But there are a few left until we reach that point.  No doubt we all want to see the tease anyway!

Also during Cucalorus, Post 1200 invites you to stop by their open house Thursday-Sunday.  So many stars have passed through here for some post work and it was also the production office for Hallmark’s Christmas in Conway.  They will be doing some screenings and giving a tour of the facility along with some coffee and munchies!


YAY! Giveaways! We’re the Millers’ DVD Release is Nov. 19th and to celebrate, we’re giving away a “We’re the Millers” T-shirt!  Subscribe to the blog to enter to win! If you are already subscribed, then you are already entered to win. Click on “Follow” at the bottom right of the blog to subscribe! (Giveaway date is 11/19)

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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.  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!!

State of the Slate: The Future of Film in North Carolina


Don’t miss this presentation about the future of film and the incentive at Cucalorus Film Festival!

State of the Slate: The Future of Film in North Carolina
Thalian Hall at the Cucalorus Film Festival, Thursday, November 14, 2013, 4:00 pm EST

This special panel presented by Entertainment Partners at the 19th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival will highlight the Film and Television production incentives tax structure and production resources that have made North Carolina an evolving filmmakers destination.

Moderated by Joe Chianese, Executive VP of EP Financial Solutions, the panel will explore the current and future state of film and television production in North Carolina, highlighting recent productions including “Under the Dome”, “IRON MAN 3”, “SLEEPY HOLLOW” as well as Emmy Award Winning ‘HOMELAND’.

Panelist Include

For those who cannot attend the event you can watch it online: Register for this Free webinar to be held Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 11:00 am PST / 2:00EST