House Bill 171 passes first reading in NC House

HB171 (which is a duplicate of SB 193), both of which were filed March 5th, passed it’s first reading yesterday in the House. This would put $66 million in recurring funds for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and would would become effective July 1, 2015. The funds are reserved for a production on which the production company has qualifying expenses of at least the following:   For a feature-length film would thankfully drop to $1,000,000).  For a video or television series, it would go up from $250,000 to $1,000,000 per episode.  I will keep you posted!

SEE FILED SB193 NOW

SEE FILED HB 171 NOW

 

North Carolina’s Small Business for Film is LIVE!

Thanks to the collaborate efforts of small local businesses including: Port City Signs & GraphicsLanier Property GroupJulia’s FloristStrickland’s Window CoveringsHomewood Suites WilmingtonParker-Brinson Communications and Bon’s Eye Marketing, there is now one web site for all small businesses in North Carolina to come together to keep NC Film.  Their main goal is to create awareness in regards to the film incentives — that this is a small business issue, not just a film industry issue.  Perhaps the legislators were not clear on that in the short session just a few months ago.

When we removed the 25% film incentive, it not only wiped away crew jobs in the state, but as this organization points out,  it removed revenue and jobs from local small businesses as well.

The organization is working dilligently to keep the film incentive alive.  According to SmallBusinessForFilm.com:

The group was established in response to concern that legislators do not realize the impact that the film industry has on small businesses throughout the state, and is working to raise awareness about this issue. The mission is to organize small businesses throughout North Carolina that recognize the positive impact the film industry has on generating jobs and revenue in our state. Small Business for Film is working to preserve the only small business incentive in North Carolina–an incentive that attracts the film industry to North Carolina, giving small businesses the opportunity to thrive.

Again, taken from SmallBusinessForFilm.com, some of the small businesses the film industry directly impacts include:

  • Printers and Sign Manufacturers
  • Florists/Plants sales
  • Restaurants and Caterers
  • Hotels
  • Window Coverings
  • Event Rental Services (tents, etc.)
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Physicians
  • Camera and Lighting Equipment
  • Heavy Machinery
  • Car/Van Rentals
  • Security and Locksmiths
  • Hardware/Lumberyards/Paint
  • Medics/Police/Firefighters
  • Antique Dealers
  • Teachers/Tutors
  • Marine Services
  • Artists
  • Calligraphers
  • Garbage/Recycling
  • Mobile Restrooms
  • Aerial Services

If you are a small business in North Carolina that benefits from the film and television industry, please join the other small businesses in continued support and become a member.

SmallBusinessForFilm.com

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THE POLLS ARE OPEN NORTH CAROLINA!

Today is the day to create change North Carolina and yes, your vote matters!  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!  Let’s make this the most historic midterm election in North Carolina with the highest turnout!  The polls are now open and close at 7:30pm tonight!

FIND YOUR PRECINCT NOW!

WWAY will have election results throughout the evening including 40 minutes COMMERCIAL FREE  beginning at 10:55pm. You can also get updates here: wwaytv3.com

Please view the complete list of all the members of the House and the Senate. You will see statewide, who is for and who is against the current film incentives. We need to make sure the General Assembly FEELS the affects of the film industry, ESPECIALLY at the polls!

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New Hanover Candidates

http://elections.nhcgov.com/candidates/2014-candidates/

New Hanover County Polling Locations

http://elections.nhcgov.com/voting-registration/polling-places/

Brunswick Candidates

http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/Portals/0/BC/files/elections/boe_2014_General_Candidates.pdf

Brunswick County Polling Locations

http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/Departments/GeneralGovernment/BoardofElections/PrecinctPollingPlaces.aspx

Pender County Candidates

http://www.pendercountync.gov/Government/Departments/BoardofElections/PublicInformation.aspx

Pender County Polling Locations

http://www.pendercountync.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=xW3x2VyE2a8%3d&tabid=225&mid=767

 

Rep. Rick Catlin calls film worker ‘Liar’ and ‘Stupid’

Witnesses report that a heated argument between a film crew member and Rep. Rick Catlin took place this morning outside the government center during day 3 of early voting.

Shaun O’Rourke was holding a sign that read, “No one has killed more jobs in New Hanover County than Rick Catlin. Public Enemy #1.

Catlin came up to the crew member and started debating him on tax. Catlin rattled off that giving a cash rebate is against constitutional law.

Shaun replied with, “You are not going to tell me that all major corporations aren’t incentivized whether it’s on the local level with permits or otherwise. You cannot tell me that.”

Finally after Catlin continued on, Shaun told him, “You really need to get out of my face. You killed my job, you killed 1000s of jobs.” Apparently the politician would not remove himself from the crew member’s personal space.

Witnesses say that Catlin told Shaun to stop spreading lies.  “You’re lying. Everything you are doing is stupid. You’re stupid.”

The argument escalated and Rick’s wife got involved in what was now from what witnesses said a screaming match.

“We are trying to be professional!” Rick’s wife called out.

Shaun replied, “Professional? You just called one of your constituents stupid. This is why nobody wants you. You are going to call someone stupid in front of everybody? That’s why he didn’t get my vote.”

Catlin’s wife responded with, “We didn’t want your vote anyway!”

Catlin’s wife then moved over to the side and said, “Someone needs to talk to the campaign that was in charge of that group.”

Here’s the thing Mrs. Catlin, he’s not affiliated with any campaign. He’s here on behalf of the film workers. 

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‘Bolden’ names Extras Casting Director

MartySiuBolden has named their extras casting director. They have been shooting in Atlanta. Their next stop is Wilmington. They head to New Orleans in January for about a week. They will be shooting in Wilmywood later this year. It could be the end of November or early December. So, please congratulate Marty Siu of Marty Siu Casting. She will have more details on her casting facebook page later today or over the weekend.  Marty is currently working on the Nicholas Sparks feature, The Choice. Good to know many will be working during the holidays! Congrats Marty!

Two Billboards in Wilmywood support NC FILM

A huge thank you to local crew member Christopher Courter for keeping film alive in Wilmywood.  After last week’s rally/protest, Chris wanted to share the film sentiment all the time, not just at a certain event.  We couldn’t agree more.  Today, the first of two billboards went live on Oleander Drive (next to Dragonflies). A second billboard with the famous “FILM=JOBS” logo will rotate beginning tomorrow!  You will also see these billboards on S. College Rd (near McAlister’s) in the coming weeks!

Thanks to everyone who has already donated!  We would all like to keep this message up as long as possible, so if you would like to donate to the cause, please do!  DONATE NOW!

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As NC FILM fades to black who NOT to vote for at the polls.

Even though his very own Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker says that the JDIG program will run out of money by October unless the General Assembly acts, the Governor put the nail in the coffin today announcing he would NOT call the General Assembly back into a special session.

He is choosing fracking over film, he is choosing potential jobs over those that already exist.

So, you officially know what that means. The film incentives will not exist come January 1, 2015.  As you know we already lost Banshee.  We will not see the return of Sleepy Hollow, we will not see ABC’s Secrets & Lies go to Charlotte for a second season. We have lost two indie projects that were projected to come to Wilmington at the beginning of 2015.  We have lost a network television series and a mini-series, one to to Charleston, SC and one to New Orleans, LA.  We have also been passed over for 9 other productions because of the uncertainty. And unless Under the Dome is getting some “special” deal with the grant program, they will likely head to Charleston, SC or somewhere else.

Gov McCrory is touting about jobs, yet he is clearly just fine and dandy with losing 4200 in the film industry and he is clearly okay with the affects it will have on approximately 25,000 people across the state who are supplemented by it in some way.

The House was ready to be called back, however the Senate is another story.  And a majority of them MUST go!  The General Elections are November 4th, and we must all get EVERYONE to the polls!  We might have lost this battle, but just like Sleepy Hollow has proclaimed, “war is coming,” and we will not lose it!

Please view the complete list of all the members of the House and the Senate. You will see statewide, who is for and who is against the current film incentives. We need to make sure the General Assembly FEELS the affects of the film industry, ESPECIALLY at the polls!

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