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


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.


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.


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!



Redenbaugh calls the Senate to action

Redenbaugh calls the Senate to action
August 11, 2014 –

Wilmington, N.C. – Today, as the State Senate gaveled in and out of session without making any decisions, the film industry still hangs in limbo. Elizabeth Redenbaugh, Candidate for the District 9 seat here in New Hanover County, calls the Senate to action.

“The film industry is a thriving, clean industry that has captured the charm of Wilmington for over three generations now. It directly employs over 2,000 people locally, over 4,200 people statewide and directly benefits over 500 local North Carolina businesses. This goes so much further than just the individuals on the set. If the Senate does not act, an estimated 25,000 people may have to make the decision to leave the state, leave the
profession they love, layoff their employees, find new ways to supplement their income or file for unemployment.

This mass exodus of families and jobs hurts everyone, regardless of political affiliation. The Senate needs to come together and protect North Carolina families and North Carolina film. They say they want to create jobs but are getting ready to send jobs right out of our state to places like Georgia and Louisiana. Senators, make the right decision. Go back into session and pass Representative Davis’ amendment,” said Redenbaugh.

Redenbaugh has always been an avid supporter of the film incentive. To learn more about Elizabeth Redenbaugh go to or

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!!