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 – 09/05/2014 The Remaining hits theaters today, Absentee voting begins, locations, and more.

Tonight’s the night! Join us at Regal Cinemas for the 7:50pm screening of the Wilmywood shot, The Remaining. Lemme know if you are attending by clicking on the Facebook invite!

Finally, Secrets & Lies is straying away from the soundstages and their Porter’s Neck hood. Today they head down to the Brooklyn Arts District on N 4th St. Yay! This town just doesn’t feel right without the Lightning trucks lining the roadways!

Sleepy Hollow will also be out and about. Well, just sorta today. They scooch onto One Tree Hill Way, but they will be venturing out to N. 15th St. on Saturday.

And we are still counting it down!

  • 17 days until the Sleepy Hollow Season 2 premiere
  • 11 days until Sleepy Hollow Season 1 DVD/Blu-Ray releasetscc3

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition selected Rep. Susi Hamilton D-New Hanover and Brunswick to receive a 2014 Metro Mayors Coalition legislative award for her work in support of the film industry. Woo Hoo!  Congrats lady!  READ ARTICLE 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

Now, I do have a statewide list of all the folks in the NCGA who are for or against film, however, I am not releasing it yet.

I can tell you who is running and who is profilm in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender. Those not listed are running unopposed.

US Senate
Sen. Kay Hagan (D) – Pro Film
Thom Tillis (R) – No

NC House
District 20
Rep. Rick Catlin (R) – No
Betsy Jordan (D) – Pro Film

District 16
Rep. Chris Millis (R) – No
Steve Unger (D) – Pro Film

NC Senate
District 8
Sen. Bill Rabon (R) – He gave us the Grant, you decide.
Ernie Ward (D) – Pro Film

District 9
Sen. Michael Lee (R) – Pro Film
Elizabeth Redenbaugh (D) – Pro Film

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you Monday 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!!