HB2: We. Are. Not. This.

First, please let me apologize for taking so long to blog about this. I’ve tried to wrap my head around this whole HB2 thing. People have been flying off the handle about this. Some with facts and some with fiction. Trying to decipher which is which has been a bitch.

There are so many thoughts running through my head. First off, if you don’t know me, I am an unaffiliated female who believes in equality for all.  So, with that being said, I am sure you know how I feel about HB2. So instead of explaining it piece by piece (my brain would explode), let’s look at the effects it has had on our state so far.

Just when things start rolling again, our legislators and governor had go and throw away not only $42,000 for an emergency session but also more job creation here in North Carolina.

As an ambassador to the City of Wilmington,  it is become very difficult to welcome visitors here when folks are asking if it’s safe to be here. Seriously, lemme quote the last conversation I got about visiting North Carolina.

KATE: In light of the recent news story about NC, my wife and I will be visiting. We’re lesbian couple, will we have an issue with discrimination? Just Wondering

ME: No! There will not be any issues. Our legislators in North Carolina do NOT reflect the citizens who live here.

KATE: Thank you! That’s what I thought, but ya know I still has to check for peace of mind.

To those of us who live here, it seems like a ridiculous question because we live here and WE KNOW how welcoming this city is, but thanks to those who “represent us” we look like a bunch of haters and backward individuals.

So how is HB2 working out for us so far?

Let’s see, PayPal, Dow Chemical, the NBA, BioGen, American Airlines, Citi, Lowe’s, Wells Fargo, Apple, the NCAA, Google (just to name a few) are VERY disappointed in our leadership’s decision.

This week, large corporations like Bank of America, Cisco, Miramax and Uber signed onto a letter protesting the new law and demanding its repeal. Small businesses are also taking HB2 to task. [SOURCE]

Just today more than 15 large companies ie Reddit, eBay, Starbucks…joined the fight against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law. [SOURCE]

HB2 is also creating uncertainty with companies as well.

Leaders from across the country have banned non-essential travel to North Carolina. San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, West Palm Beach, and New York, with more pending.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state of North Carolina, and bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. [SOURCE]

As far as film is concerned in our state, we have a little backlash, but what we don’t know is how is will affect our future.

The Hulu/Lionsgate production Crushed had one casting call the day before the emergency session took place. Rumor has it, based on a couple of crew members who were hired for the production…HB2 was the reason they packed their bags. I cannot confirm that however.

My sources in Western NC have told me that Dirty Dancing ONLY stayed because they were already too vested with locations and talent timelines and had made a commitment to film there. Otherwise they would have hit the road as well. Again, however, I cannot confirm it.

As you probably have seen Producer/Director Rob Reiner stated immediately after HB2 passed, he will never bring a production to North Carolina as long as this bill is in place. He encouraged his peers in the film industry to do the same. [SOURCE]

Meanwhile not all in the General Assembly are backing the bill. Senator Jeff Jackson has taken to social media.

And our favorite red head Rep. Susi Hamilton is just as upset about the outcome of HB2.

And this…good Lord:  “The people of North Carolina want to talk about roads and economic development and jobs and that’s where I’m going to focus my attention, not on ridiculous restroom and locker room policies that some people are trying to force onto the private sector,” McCrory said. [SOURCE]

I can’t help but think of a school yard taunt: “Quit talking about yourself!” Hate to tell you this, McCrory, but the people of North Carolina are just getting started.  The Gov’na certainly made his bed, but he doesn’t want to lie in it any longer…

And it is also apparent, McCrory has no idea what’s in the bill they passed in a 12 hour period.

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running against McCrory, is asking all those who are ashamed of HB2 to sign a petition on ShameonMcCrory.com

Every hour, there are more companies, cities and states standing up against HB2.

In conclusion, I cannot stress to those who don’t live here that we in North Carolina want you to know our legislators DO NOT reflect who we are as citizens of North Carolina. We are welcoming. We are warm.  We. Are. Not. This.

Thanks for giving us all the headlines leaders of North Carolina…

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RUMORS FROM THE LOT: Under the Dome to leave Wilmington for Season 4

We should have read the writing on the wall, or lack there of when the already iconic “Sweetbriar Rose” exterior in Burgaw for Under the Dome returned to its natural form. But because these guys persevered despite the cost and stayed in Wilmington for season 3 – we thought maybe just maybe they would consider staying here one more season.  That’s if there is a season 4.  But we already know there will be.

However, multiple sources have told me that an announcement was made today.  I was told that Executive Producer Peter Leto let folks know that if Under the Dome gets picked up for another season, they will not be returning to Wilmington.

Rumors are swirling about the CBS show heading to Utah for the 4th season, and that this move was spearheaded by Executive Producer Neal Baer. Utah has basically our old film incentive, a 25% rebate.

No official announcement has been made regarding a 4th season yet, nor is this information I am giving you now.  I am just telling you what I am being told.

This is sadly Banshee all over again.

Please feel free to thank our North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory for putting 300+ more people out of work.

I will try to get confirmation on this matter ASAP.  More details to come.

SEE UPDATE NOW

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 10/10/2014 – Under the Dome, The Choice, Protest Afterglow and More

The folks from The Choice are kicking off their weekend with a little get together tonight for the cast and crew. No, I’m not telling you where, you little stalkers!  LOL –  Production begins Monday!

GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY!

DevilsHandOneSheetIt’s here! The Wilmywood shot flick which came here in 2012, The Devil’s Hand aka The Devil’s Rapture aka Where the Devil Hides aka The Occult hits the small screen this weekend.

The feature film will be released on VOD, EST, DVD and other TV platforms today, almost exactly one year later after it’s original release date. The movie stars Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell and “Dexter” fav Jennifer Carpenter.

RELATED STORY: NC Film crew talks about the making of The Devil’s Hand (The Occult) w/ trailer released. 

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ICYMI: After months of consideration and some really hard work from a few folks, Under the Dome will be returning to Wilmywood after all.

grace_victoria_coxI got up with Grace Victoria Cox, who plays Melanie on the show, and she was thrilled! “I’m really excited to go back to Wilmington! I love the South. I miss it so much. Wilmington feels like another home to me :-)”

“It is our pleasure to return to North Carolina for our third season of Under the Dome,” said Kevin Berg, Executive Vice President of Production for CBS Television Studios. “The film community in the state, and particularly in the greater Wilmington area, is simply outstanding.”  READ MORE AT WFMY

You damn right Kevin Berg!  Again, like I said last night, if politicians think that this will calm us down, they are dead wrong!  This is only one crew.  We can go 5 crews deep in Wilmington, plus we have crew in Charlotte, Asheville and Winston-Salem that still need a job!

We have a long way to go until we get Tier 1 film incentives back, so make sure you get out and VOTE!  We need the right folks in place during the 2015 Long Session so we can indeed have that status once again!

TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE! DEADLINE IS 5PM!

ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL: Absentee voting runs through October 28, 2014

EARLY VOTING (ONE STOP) PERIOD: October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014

LIST OF WHO VOTED FOR AND AGAINST FILM: NCGA_FilmmakersVotingGuide_2014

PROTEST AFTERGLOW

Yesterday, film supporters as well as advocates for conservation, education and women’s rights gathered for two protests.  The first protest was for Governor Pat McCrory, as he was a keynote speaker during the Energy Summit.  I was told they had a bigger attendance for the breakfast than they did for our Governor.  When asked how the governor received the “Welcome Wagon” aka 100 protesters, I was told, “he was rattled.”

The second protest was right outside WECT for the Hagan/Tillis debate.  7 people stood out there in support of Tillis while about 60 folks were there for Hagan. About two days ago, one of my political insiders told me Tillis’ camp is hurting for support in Southeastern North Carolina, especially New Hanover County.  Mission accomplished!

HUGE thanks to Christine Poppe White for most of these awesome shots!  You rock lady! We will also have some follow up video from WGSR (Greensboro) next week. Yes, they traveled all the way to Wilmywood to support us! Thank you Charles and Jonathan!

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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!!

 

NC FILM SUPPORTERS: We need you tomorrow! Thursday, October 9th

TOMORROW: This Thursday, the Greater Wilmington Business Journal will be hosting the 2014 Coastal Energy Summit, bringing together local, state, and national leaders in the energy industry to discuss opportunities, risks and timelines for energy related initiatives on the coast of North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCroryGovernor Pat McCrory will be in attendance at the summit as one of the keynote speakers.  Now, I dunno about you, but after all was said and done, and all that could have been done over the past few months, it is essential for us to let him know how we feel about his leadership skills and decisions.  So in protest of his flawed economic plan and push for dirty jobs that don’t even exist; in protest for going along with removing 4200 clean jobs that do exist, the film industry has teamed up with the advocates for education and the environment. And we need you there!

Join the protest this Thursday, October 9th from 11:00AM-1:00PM at the Wilmington Convention Center at the corner of Nutt Street and Convention Center Way.

We need to gather our film family upwards of 100 people to support good jobs that do not pollute our air and water. Film Jobs.

Protesters are encouraged to bring signs NO WIDER THAN 24 inches that send a clear message that NC Film is good for North Carolina.

Here are a few ideas:

  • We will REMEMBER in NOVEMBER
  • “Make a NOTE to VOTE” for film support
  • There’s No place like DOME , keep us HOME ! Film=Jobs
  • Film=Clean Jobs
  • FILM>FRACKING
  • Less Fracking, More Filming
  • Film donates to our local schools
  • Film supports my local business
  • Film feeds my family.
  • Film=Community

We need a STRONG representation of the NC Film Industry. Please do everything you can to be there. 

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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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/10/2014 Birthday wishes for Ryan Phillippe, Osborne challenges Berger on Film, Mison for your audio pleasure, Ringwald returns.

TomMisonAudibleImagine having Tom Mison with you everywhere you go! Well, you can have your cake people!   FREE, thanks to Audible!! Woo Hoo!
Tom Mison, the lovely and sexy Ichabod Crane from Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story.

Head on over to Amazon’s Audible and download the Audiobook and enjoy 1hr 15min of all that Tom Mison Goodness! Woo Hoo!!  DOWNLOAD NOW

The Sleepyheads are shooting in Brunswick Town today.  We continue to count it down!  12 days until the Sleepy Season 2 premiere!  6 days until the DVD release of Season one!  Woo Hoo!  Gettin’ closer!

Ryan PhillippeSecrets & Lies will be out and about today, they will be back in the Brooklyn Arts District on N 4th St as well as the Wilmington Convention Center.  And if you happen to see Ryan Phillippe filming tell him Happy Birthday.  He turns the big 4-0! Get on over to Twitter and send him some Birthday wishes! Happy Birthday buddy!  We are so glad you returned to Wilmywood!

MRingwald_ES_5x5CMYK300dpiIf you remember we talked about this months ago!  Well the day is coming soon, Molly Ringwald will be returning to WIlmywood.  Yep, if you remember, she was here  in 1989 starring in Betsy’s Wedding (with Alan Alda)This time she returns not for the love of film, but the love of jazz.  Here’s the deets:

An Evening with Molly Ringwald (TICKETS)
Wednesday, September 17
7 p.m., Kenan Auditorium
Film icon Molly Ringwald is celebrated for her acting work in critically acclaimed, rite-of-passage movies. However, long before she became a Golden Globe-nominated actress, Ringwald was singing. She began performing with her father’s jazz band when she was three and has never stopped. Now, she kicks off our exciting season with her crowd-pleasing concert, “An Evening with Molly Ringwald.” She returns to her roots as a singer, performing a flavorsome arrangement of jazz songs from her album, Except Sometimes.

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Yesterday, 26th District (Guilford, Rockingham) Candidate William Osborne challenged his opponent Pres. Pro Temp Sen Phil Berger on the the decisions made regarding the NC Film Incentives.

ICYMI:  A special session is needed for JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

Gov. Pat McCroryWe need your help telling our Governor just that!  It’s time for Governor McCrory to address the economic development crisis because job creation cannot wait until next year. Here are two special email addresses for you:

GOVERNOR.OFFICE@NCMAIL.NET

GOVERNOR.OFFICE@NC.GOV

Again, please tell the Governor to get the NCGA back into session and address the economic development crisis because job creation cannot wait until next year!

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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

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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!!

 

 

“McCrory: Get the NCGA back into session!”

Today, we would like to thank Senator Kay Hagan who voiced her concern for NC Film and the lack of economic development funds during Rep Mike McIntyre’s Business Summit in Washington.  She told the crowd that state lawmakers should extend the film incentives.

With that being said we only have a few more weeks until the Governor can no longer bring the General Assembly back into session.  So, now more than ever, we need to let Governor Pat McCrory know just how important it is that he does so. There is more than just film at stake.  Just like Sen. Hagan said there is a major LACK in economic development.  The Pender County Board of Commissioners has already reminded McCrory that the NCGA needs to reinstate the much needed economic programs that has served North Carolina well over the years.  Many other counties will lose out as well with Brunswick County being one of them, too.

There are provisions of H 1224 that have not been addressed and are needed here in North Carolina. Rep. Susi Hamilton said last month that there are things that are desperately needed by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Revenue.  These include, but are not limited to, Crowd Funding, JMAC, JDIG, solar energy tax credits and the Secretary’s new Catalyst Fund.

A special session is needed for JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.  And I need your help telling him just that!  It’s time for Governor McCrory to address the economic development crisis because job creation cannot wait until next year.

Here are two special email addresses for you:

GOVERNOR.OFFICE@NCMAIL.NET

GOVERNOR.OFFICE@NC.GOV

Again, please tell the Governor to get the NCGA back into session and address the economic development crisis because job creation cannot wait until next year!