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

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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 – 08/14/2014 Cullen Moss is Reckless, Locations, Fate of Film and more.

Our local boy Cullen Moss was on CBS’s Reckless last Sunday, and he finally got the stills to prove it. So, if you missed it, get to your Primetime On Demand channels or go online now and look for Cullen who plays the shrewd Charleston lawyer, Carter Davidson, in the episode, Deep Waters.

today2The Longest Ride is getting more love, this time from the former “first daughter,” Jenna Bush and the Today Show.  They came to Elkin, NC to do a piece on Nick Sparks and the film.  So, be on the lookout for that soon!

If you see a big 30 ton crane outside of Okami Japanese Steakhouse today, that is just Food Lion shooting a commercial…they will be all around town this week.

Secrets & Lies is back in their hood in Porter’s Neck.

Sleepy Hollow is over at the Cape Fear Club on Chestnut tonight and into the wee hours.

Aunjanue EllisWho we once thought was dead, is now painfully surfacing to Abbie and Jenny Mills. Their mother. They both thought their Madre went nuts, was committed, then took her own life. Whether she is dead and we see her through the girls memories, or she shows up in present day, know that Lori Mills is coming. Lori is being played by Aunjanue Ellis. You might know her from The Menalist, True Blood, or the most recent feature Get on Up.

We have 39 days until the premiere of Sleepy Hollow, Monday nights, 9pm on FOX.

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FILM INCENTIVES UPDATE: The General Assembly is more interested in kicking the can down the road or completely ignoring sustaining jobs and job creation.

From what I am hearing, things don’t look so well for NC Film. It isn’t over until the final gavel hits, however, unless something drastic comes to light, I am being told that they will be adjourning sine die on Friday (sine die is an adjournment until the next session), with film not even on the list.  GET MORE DETAILS NOW

We will still be quite busy this year with Bolden!, Yellow Footprints and The Choice going into production next month, but come 2015, we won’t have enough money to sustain more than 3 decent projects statewide. As it stands right now, productions can’t even apply for the grant until 2015, so it’s gonna be very dry in the New Year.

With that being said, here’s a reminder:

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Ernie Ward, candidate for District 8 who is running against Bill Rabon is holding a fundraiser TOMORROW NIGHT.  If you can make it and you live in his district, PLEASE attend!

The man puts People and Puppies before Politics!

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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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/01/2014 Under the Dome Premiere Ratings, Sleepy Hollow Wins, Tammy Premiere Tonight and more!

Hate to say I told you so, but…  Woo Hoo! How awesome was the premiere episode of Under the Dome!  Ncasting hosted an extraordinary Viewing Party in downtown Wilmington NC at Hell’s Kitchen to celebrate the Season 2 Premiere of Under The Dome. Cast members that came out with their Chester’s Mill Townsfolk were… Colin Ford, Alexander Koch, Makenzie Lintz, and new cast members Grace Cox, Brett Cullen and Max Ehrich. Here’s a few pics thanks to Mary Jo Jackson!

Missed the premiere episode?  WATCH IT NOW! 

nielsenNow how did Under the Dome do in the ratings game? Well, the initial reports for Season two put them at #1 in their time slot! AND Under the Dome beat everything else on broadcast television FOR THE ENTIRE NIGHT, doubling Mistresses in their A19-49 demo, plus beat Master Chef and Bachelor by a landslide as well.  Now compared to its season one premiere it was down 1/3. The same-day ratings show we had 9.4 Million viewers for A18-49 with a 2.2. However, once we get the full report including the DVR numbers, the viewership will swoosh up in numbers over the coming days.  We will see if the numbers tick up or down later today.  READ FULL REPORT

ARTICLE OF INTEREST: Under the Dome and TV’s New Ad-less Ways to Make Cash

TammyposterTonight is the night – POOM baby!  The BIG Tammy premiere at Regal Cinemas, Mayfaire at 8pm.  Make sure you join us as we will have the vehicles that Melissa McCarthy drove in the movie, including the 1986 Toyota and the Jet Ski, PLUS one of you lucky movie goers will win the autographed Tammy movie poster!  GO TO FB INVITE NOW!

sheiladanAnd just in time for the premiere can we give a HUGE happy birthday to Dan Aykroyd who we will definitely see on the silver screen tonight!  I got your birthday hug right here, Dan! Also, big birthday shout outs to our Empire Records girl, Liv Tyler.  She turns 37!

SH_DVDEarly this morning, I gave you the good news!  Fox FINALLY set the release date for Sleepy Hollow, Season One on DVD/Blu Ray.  READ NOW

And speaking of all things headless, Sleepy Hollow has been deemed best new series according to Gimme Me My Remote!

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alan aldaAll of you M*A*S*H fans have been dying to know when Alan Alda will be coming into town.  Well, guess what?  Welcome to Wilmywood Alan!  He’s here!  He begins filming on The Longest Ride tomorrow!  Woo Hoo!

More cast members have been added to Loomis Fargo! Kate McKinnon will play will play Galifianakis’ ball-busting fiance & Ken Marino will play a wealthy man Doug Jeffcoat who is so completely annoyed at Galifianakis and his newly ken-marinorich posse when they move into Doug’s fancy neighborhood and wreak havoc.   But wait, there’s more! Devin Ratray (Home Alone, Nebraska) and comedian Ross Kimball will play the henchman Runny and Eric. Leslie Jones (SNL writer) will play a detective running after the thieves and Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) plays Owen Wilson’s “gold-digging” wife.

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ICYMI: This morning I had the chance to speak with Dr. Ernie Ward who is against Sen. Rabon vying for district 8 in this November’s election.    LISTEN TO INTERVIEW NOW!

Again, make those calls!!   Today we will be calling again The Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis,   Governor Pat McCrory and we will now be putting pressure on Senator Berger.

Let them know you are a voter, let them know your story, and ask them to extend the film incentives AS THEY ARE!

Contact these folks today :

Speaker Thom Tillis
PHONE: 919-733-3451
EMAIL: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
TWITTER: @ThomTillis

Gov. Pat McCrory
PHONE: 919-814-2000
EMAIL: Pat.McCrory@NC.gov
TWITTER: @PatMcCroryNC

Sen. Phil Berger (President Pro Tempore)
PHONE: 919-733-5708
Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

HERE’S THE CONTACT LIST FOR ALL NC HOUSE MEMBERS, CONTACT THOSE IN YOUR DISTRICThttp://keepncfilm.org/contact-nc-representatives/

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. WE GOT MORE!

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!!

FILM INCENTIVES INTERVIEW: (AUDIO) Dr. Ernie Ward – Running for District 8 against Rabon

This morning I had the chance to speak with Dr. Ernie Ward who is against Sen. Rabon vying for district 8 in this November’s election.  He is a world renown veterinarian who had been involved in the media and film for years.  His focus is on the  public school system, our water and land, animal welfare and of course film.  here what he has to say aboutt he NC Film Incentives and why the grant program that Rabon is pushing just won’t work!

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW NOW!

 

Dr. Ernie Ward
Phone: 910-849-1295
Website: http://www.erniewardncsenate.com/
Email: Clay Pittman, Campaign Manger:  clay@erniewardncsenate.com
Twitter: @ErnieWard_
Facebook: Facebook.com/ErnieWardForNCSenate

If you are an animal advocate, here’s a little video from his web site – Dr. Ernie Ward for NC Senate – North Carolina Advocate

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 06/30/2014 Premiere night for UTD, Tips for Sadie, Tammy, casting call for Sleepy Hollow

Domies, let’s celebrate! Tonight is the night! Under the Dome Season 2 premieres on CBS at 10pm. Thanks to my buddy Shaun O’Rourke, I got to go to the crew screening and let me tell you, you will NOT be disappointed tonight! Wow! Incredible premiere with lots of surprises and it will have you wishing episode two wasn’t seven days away. If you missed any of the interviews with the cast that I posted over the weekend, GO HERE NOW!

So, where’s the party? It returns to Hell’s Kitchen! Join the party downtown at 118 Princess St.

Location, Location, Location! Where’s everyone at today?
Under the Dome – Greenfield Lake, Victoria Dr and Chestnut
The Longest Ride – N 3rd St
Sleepy Hollow – Castle Hayne and Winnabow

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Another premiere tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 1st) at Regal Cinemas Mayfaire! Comin’ in hot, it’s the early screening of TAMMY shot right here in Wilmywood. Remember all those who go to the 8pm screening will have the chance to win the autographed movie poster! Poom! GO TO FACEBOOK INVITE NOW

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ICYMI: Heather Lind of AMC’s Turn fame will guest star as Mary Wells, an ex ball and chain of  Ichabod Crane before he traveled across the pond to the good old US of A.  READ MORE NOW

AshliBogartSLEEPY HOLLOW CASTING CALL FROM ASHLI BOGART:
WILMINGTON, NC- We are going to be in need of Native American Males 18+up for some scenes in an upcoming episode filming in Wilmington, NC. Looking for great faces with authentic looks. We don’t have a filming date yet, but it will be sometime between July 8-17. We are willing to bring in folks from outside of Wilmington and outside of NC. Production will be providing hotel accommodations for those traveling outside of the Wilmington area. Please email recent photos (if you are comfortable being shirtless please include a photo), contact info, location, height, weight, wardrobe sizes to sleepyhollowextra@gmail.com SUBJECT: NATIVE AMERICANS. If interested please email us and we will have more information in regards to pay rates.

We will have 2 scenes where we will need a handful of men:

FLASHBACK: One scene will be a flashback scene portraying members of a Shawnee tribe. For this scene we will be asking guys to be in traditional attire so must be comfortable with being shirtless. We will ask for guys who do not have tattoos or if you do that they are minimal and can be covered up by makeup. Also looking for a shaman type so an older gentleman with a great character face.

MODERN DAY: We will also have a scene that takes place in modern times and will need a handful of guys to play Native American Bikers, so can be rough and tough and tattoos are ok.

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SadieUPDATE TIPS FOR SADIE: A huge thank you to Courts and Sports along with Reva, Genevieve, Ken Olin and the whole gang who helped and all the folks who donated items. Tips for Sadie was a huge success! Because of you , we raised just over $12,000!! Seriously, you totally rock!!

ErnieWardErnie Ward who is running for District 8 (against Rabon who is touting the film grant) is joining me tomorrow morning at 8:30am during What’s Up in Wilmywood on Sunny 104.5. We will see what he has to say about the NC Film Incentives.  In the meantime, if you didn’t see it this morning, here’s your mission for today!! GO NOW

 

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/24/2014

under-the-dome-cbsAuditions were underway this morning as Peter King and his team are heading up the stunt department for the second season of Under the Dome.  And congrats to Peter and Jimmie and his whole gang! Many of us saw them while working on The Squeeze and before that Tammy last summer.

Our adorable love, Colin Ford, has made into town this weekend and he is ready for season two of Under the Dome.  He’s officially getting settled in his new digs! So glad the cast is all coming in! Welcome back to Wilmywood!

VanessaNcastingLast night, Vanessa (NCasting)had her open call for extras and stand-ins at Post 1200/Giant Culture.  Good Gravy!!  Did you see the line out of the door!  WECT did a little story on it, and they said one lady came from PA!  Poor Vanessa is probably still passed out.

Over the weekend, we announced another crew call for The Red Zone.  They are looking for an editor to handle dailies. The job begins around March 3rd and could run for three or four weeks.  Please send your resume to: jamesbinnola@gmail.com with EDITOR in the subject line. They are looking to hire immediately.

OTHER CREW POSITIONS: The Red Zone is also accepting resumes various positions for the television pilot that is shooting here in Wilmington in mid march.  Please send your resume to: productionredzone@gmail.com with your crew position in the title.

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Juliette_STandInAs production begins later this week for Secrets & Lies, the stars are out and about around Wilmington.  Juliette Lewis was seen at O2 Fitness in Hanover Center looking beautiful as usual.  Spot anyone yet?  Let us know!

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Delaying HOUSE OF CARDS in Maryland due to their film incentives being up in the air. Sound familiar?

In a letter to Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, which you can read at Deadline, the Senior Vice President of Television Production, Charlie Goldstein, states that while he absolutely loved filming the first two seasons of House of Cards there, because of the incentives being up in the air (vote to come in June), they pushed production until after the vote and they are currently obligated and have already been looking at other states with great incentive packages.  He went onto say, if the incentives don’t continue, they will move the production elsewhere.

If there is any doubt in any legislators minds, read the article, they are not bluffing.  This will happen to us if we lose our film incentives.  Other states will gladly welcome productions with open arms, and we will be left in the dust.  Thousands of jobs gone, million in revenue halted, small businesses damaged and/or shut down.

In the meantime, thank you Dr. Ernie Ward who is running for NC Senate, District 8.  And yes see for yourself.  WHAT DOES ERNIE WARD STAND FOR?tweet_ernie_ward

Scott_KevinIn case you haven’t seen this, Scott Davis did announce  a date for the The Celebration for Cuz.  It will be March 16th, at Hugh Macrae Park from 2 pm to 6 pm. This will be held at  Shelters 5 and 6 with the Volley Ball court between them. This will be a picnic style celebration so please bring food and drink for you and yours. Due to the public park rules, we are having to limit music to a DJ format…. Classic 80s and 90s Rock should be appropriate. There will be a small stage with a microphone set up so that those of you who wish to share something will have an opportunity…..Our family continues to be lifted by your words and gifts…. For those of you who have a schedule conflict, I am sorry. This was the best available. Again I look forward to hugging each and everyone of you….

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filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOB STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab you one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens) Offices are open from 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.  Please one sticker per person please.  They will run out fast!  Thanks!

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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: 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!!