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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FACE OFF: Catlin vs Jordan – Monday Night

ATTN: FILM PEEPS!  THIS MONDAY PLEASE ATTEND THIS DEBATE – YOU ARE ALL INVITED!

WWAY TV3 – Monday night, candidates for NC House District 20 will meet for a debate sponsored by WWAY and WHQR.

Republican incumbent Rep. Rick Catlin and Democratic challenger Betsy Jordan face off from 7 until 8 p.m. at WHQR’s studios at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington, where you can be part of a live studio audience.

If you cannot make it, watch the debate live here on WWAYTV3.com or listen on WHQR 91.3 FM.

Other candidate forums are planned, including one featuring the candidates for New Hanover County Commission on Monday, Oct. 6.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 04/08/2014 – Rick Catlin’s Counter against Impact Study, The Biggest Loser Front of Line Passes, Under the Dome and More.

ncfilmWell, the minute the Impact study from Dr. Robert Handfield came out, we knew the backlash would come. And so it begins. A report came out yesterday requested by Rick Catlin, a New Hanover County Republican. According to WWAY, The General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division (FRD) concludes that Dr. Robert Handfield’s report that the Film Product Credit’s net contribution to the state is positive “is based on a series of misunderstandings of the state’s tax laws, invalid or overstated assumptions, and errors in accounting.” Dr. Handfield however is standing by his study. I have not fully examined the counter against the impact study. As soon as a I do, I will give you my consensus. READ STORY NOW

VIEW Dr. Handfield’s Impact Study – “A Supply Chain Study of the Economic Impact of the North Carolina Motion Picture & Television Industry.” 

VIEW Review of General Assembly’s Counter Against Handfield Film Study – Rep Catlin 

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StefScott_ItunesOur Red Zone girl, Stefanie Scott who was just here in Wilmywood playing the character “Caroline” has been tweeting like mad for weeks now as her song, “I Don’t Wanna Let You Go” was on the top of the Disney charts. Well now her song is officially out on iTunes.  Get it NOW!

ICYMI: My first interview for Entertainment Weekly‘s Community Section went live yesterday.  It was the latest interview with EP of Under the Dome, Jack Bender who reveals something quite cryptic about the second season. Check it out NOW!

Our Domies are shooting at Screen Gems Studios today, but they will be back running around Wilmywood the rest of the week.

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Did you see the promo for Under the Dome during the UConn/Kentucky game last night?  Let’s just go ahead a geek out about whats to come! Brian K. Vaughan and Neal Baer talk season 2.  

johnschneiderHappy birthday to John Schneider! The NY born actor celebrates his 54th birthday today. John has been working in the film industry since the age of 8! He was in NC last year to play the role of “Paul Sharpe” in the 2014 film, Adrenaline.

AdrenalineAdrenaline was filmed in Wilmington, Jacksonville, Wallace, Rockingham and Supply and was directed by Joseph Quinn Simpkins, and produced by Del Baron. Adrenaline is a story of a drag racer’s life and recovery after a crash that almost kills him! John is best known for his work in the hit TV show Dukes of Hazard as “Bo Duke” and Smallville as “Jonathan Kent.”  Happy Birthday from Wilmywood, John!

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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!!

 

FILM INCENTIVES EMERGENCY

**UPDATE** I spoke with Carey Jones, Vice Chair of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission this morning on the air about Bill H994 and the Rally.  Here’s what she had to say: LISTEN NOW

Remember the great press release that sang praises for the first quarter of this year due to the film industry boom in NC?  Let me refresh your memory:

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“As the first quarter of 2013 comes to an end, the North Carolina Film Office (NCFO) continues to see record-breaking numbers for the state’s film industry.  Over 20 productions have indicated they intend to film, or have already begun filming, in North Carolina, with a total direct in-state spend in excess of $138 million while creating more than 13,000 job opportunities, including 2,100 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals.”

With the reminder being put in place, an unsettling panic from every branch of the film industry has spread across the state as a bill is being introduced by our “representatives” of North Carolina.

This reminded me of another article in the Star News that came out just before Azalea Festival.  If you remember there was a little talk with completely skewed low numbers coming out of some of the General Assemblies’ mouths.  Billy Saffo was outraged by their comments.  After I read it, I sure as hell wanted to slap somebody.  But I thought, wow, they’re ignorant, and shook my head because they was no way anyone could take them seriously…Was I wrong?

State Reps, Rick Catlin and Chris Millis and (along with others) have submitted the first draft of what many are calling a JOB KILLER BILL, H994.

So, what is all this mess about?  From what I understand, the intent of this bill is to repeal the cash rebate and replace it with a tax credit.  And they want it retro to January 2013.  I can’t imagine CBS, Warner Brothers, and NBC being okay with that.  I believe that is called breach of contract.   We all can conclude, however, if this did happen and the filming well went dry, as many think it would, how long would it take to get things back the way they are now?  It took, what, 6 years to get the 25% tax incentive in the first place..

Last year, productions spent over $376 million in North Carolina and created more than 4,100 well-paying crew positions and nearly 20,000 job opportunities.  So, the question is would North Carolina like to have 75% of $376 million or nothing at all?  Again, let me remind you, this year alone the film industry has already spent “$138 million while creating more than 13,000 job opportunities, including 2,100 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals.”

But it not only affects the thousands of people hired for each film, but it will have a major impact on the vendors as well i.e. hotels, local mom n pop shops, lumber, paint stores, restaurants, tourism.  The list goes on and on.  The productions spend the money where we need the money to go.

The media picked up on this ire from the film industry quickly.   Star News’ Cassie Foss jumped right on it: Local film leaders say bill would end N.C. film industry.   Kudos to our Mayor to continue the support.  Julian March posted this WATCHDOG ARTICLE today.

So what can you do?

1) JOIN THE RALLY!  Filmmakers, Actors, Set Dressers, fans of the film industry, YOU, all of you, are invited to attend a rally!

Saturday, April 20th – Riverfront Park (Market Street and Water) – 1:45pm.   

The Facebook invite says: “Bring your family, call your co-workers, reach out to your vendors, invite your neighbors, make sure your friends that work as extras are are aware. Contact your DGA friends, make sure the Teamsters and their families are aware. This bill is designed to end the film industry in NC. It is up to all of us to change the course.”

Here’s another link from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission urging you to attend the rally.

2) SIGN THE PETITON – I am sure it will get signatures, dunno if we can get 100,000 but I like to be optimistic.

3) WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVEYep, the tried and true method, let them hear from you.  Especially the vendors I mentioned above.  You need to let your voice be heard if you would like to keep what we have.

Bill H994 is only a first draft, so no need to panic, but I can certainly understand it.  Let’s hope it ends up on the cutting room floor.

Lemme know your thoughts, and if I understand everything correctly.  If not, lemme know.  School me and the rest of NC.  Everyone needs to know. Post your comments below or email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com