A lot of folks have assumed lately that anytime they see a production crew out and about in our tri-county area, it’s Under the Dome. Because well…that’s all we’ve had. Until last week, that is. We’ve got an indie flick that started production last week here in Wilmywood. It’s called Check Point.
The premise is fun. During a routine camp out, a local vagrant discovers plans for an invasion in America. When he tries to notify the local Sheriff about his discovery, the Sheriff dismisses his claims and has him locked up for loitering. But we all know what’s really going down, right? Questions and tempers begin to rise. Why this little beach community with it’s Norman Rockwell way of life? A town where everyone knows one another… or so they thought. Dun, Dun Dun!! War is Hell, they say, and Hell comes home at the Check Point.
The cast is full of familiar faces. William Forsythe takes on the lead as the sheriff of the small town. Joining Forsythe is former pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg. If you remember, he battled Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: The Return. Other cast members include Kenny Johnson, Fred Williamson, Tyler Mane, and Michelle Lee. SEE FULL CAST AND CREW LIST
The majority of the production will be in Pender County, mainly downtown Burgaw. However, Rocky Point will get some love as some big battle scenes will take place July 7th-9th. New Hanover County will also witness an epic raid on our iconic NC Battleship on July 16th.
Writer/Director Thomas Churchill used to live in Wilmington years ago and tried to get a film off the ground, but to no avail. All you indie filmmakers know just how difficult that truly is. Since then he moved to Los Angeles, but he never forgot Wilmington and he kept his promise to shoot here. And that he did! Now that’s perseverance!
Producer Tony Perez has enjoyed his time here so far. “It’s been a pleasurable experience here in Wilmington. The people are awesome, the food is great and it’s not super expensive,” Perez said. “We’ve rounded out our production team with local help–from ADs to Props to APs. We are looking forward to the next 3 weeks here as there’s much to do.”
Check Point wraps in Wilmywood July 19th. They then head back to Los Angeles to complete filming. They plan on releasing the film in 2016.
Other Wilmington peeps who are working on the flick include David Schifter (Associate Producer), local caterer Gailyn Gagliardi of Burgaw and even some film students from Cape Fear Community College are getting some real film experience on this flick.