NC Filmmaker heats things up in Wilmington.

Wilmington in Fire: Thalian Hall, Main Stage on Saturday at 3:45pm.

The 21st Cucalorus Film Festival is officially in full swing. Today is day two and they will be showcasing a full slate of films all throughout downtown.

Over 250 flicks all week long, and new this year, the Cucalorus Connect Conference.

The hardest decision for anyone this year will be which films to see.  If you follow me via social media, you know which one I would send you to.  The highly anticipated documentary Wilmington On Fire, what director Christopher Everett calls, “Wilmington’s best kept secret.”

The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 here in Wilmington. It’s so hard to imagine that this actually took place. How was any human being okay with this?  It simply blows by mind! This week is the 117 year anniversary of the horrific event.

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I asked Chris why it was so important for him personally to tell this story.

I’ve always had a love for researching and learning more about African-American history, especially history that is rarely discussed or talked about. That was one of the main reasons why I decided to do a film on the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, North Carolina. I really wanted to make a film from the perspective of the African-American victims and also how the Coup plotters were able to pull of this horrific event that changed the course of American history forever. I want this film to really engage and start dialogue on this history along with current race relations not only in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina, but all over America. The discussion of economic reparations must be brought to the mainstream for these atrocities such as the Wilmington Massacre and I hope this film will lead the way towards that.

It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d’état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. “Wilmington on Fire” gives a compelling historical and present day look at this event showing how the violent overthrow of an existing government not only cemented white supremacy in the city of Wilmington and the state of North Carolina but also throughout the United States of America.

Everett is from Laurinburg and a proud NC Filmmaker. He has been working on this documentary for years and now we FINALLY get to see it.

Wilmington on Fire will screen at Thalian Hall, Main Stage on Saturday at 3:45pm. Get your tickets now before it sells out and get there early!cucalorus-header

The soundtrack for Wilmington on Fire was released yesterday. GO TO SOUNDCLOUD NOW

Wilmington on Fire Social Media Links:
Facebook: Wilmington on Fire
Twitter: @wilmington1898
YouTube: wilmingtononfire

Visit cucalorus.org for a complete schedule of events or print out the schedule via PDF

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/12/2013 – Sleepy Hollow, Wilmington on Fire, Reminders and more!

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Sleepy Hollow among other Fox shows will be heading to your new console.  If you have the new fancy Xbox One, the Fox Now app allows Xbox Live Gold subscribers to watch full streamed episodes of the network’s prime-time shows, many within hours after the initial airing.

Fox’s app is also available across many other digital platforms, says the LA TImes.  “From smartphones and tablets powered by Apple, Android and Windows software, to Samsung’s Internet-connected Smart TV to the Roku streaming device and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console.”

WOF Kickstarter posterSpeller Street FilmsKickstarter campaign for the documentary, Wilmington on Fire is underway and will run through January 1, 2014.  This is gonna EXTREMELY powerful and moving doc and they already got my money!

Wilmington on Fire is a feature-length documentary that will give a historical and present day look at the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 in Wilmington, NC. The film features interviews from historians, authors, activists and descendants of the victims of the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. Wilmington on Fire will talk about things such as: African-American progress after slavery, African-American’s in Wilmington prior to the 1898 massacre, The Wilmington Massacre of 1898, Reparations, African-American history in Wilmington, The state of North Carolina’s involvement in the massacre of 1898, The Black community in Wilmington today AND MUCH MORE!

homelandThe annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees were announced yesterday and Homeland took it home for North Carolina.

They were nominated for:

Outstanding stunt ensemble in comedy or drama series

Outstanding Performance Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Danes

Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on TNT and TBS Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT

tscc3E_EtcREMINDER: The Eclectic Etc. is having their Grand Opening/Holiday Party this Saturday night from 6:00pm-9:00pm. There will be Live Jazz music as well as lite bites.  All ages welcome. The store is one of many vendors for the film industry. Filmmaker Erica Dunton will be in attendance as she has joined The Eclectic Etc. selling clothing and accessories that have been used in previous movies like The 27 Club,to.get.her and much more.  Come meet her and others within the Screen Gems family!!! (831 South Kerr Avenue. Call 910-395-9979 for details.)  CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK INVITE

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REMINDER: Don’t be confused, yes there is a second petition for you to sign.  They decided we should have a petition that focused strictly on ending the sunset.  I agree, so yes you have one more petition to sign, but as you know it only takes 20 seconds or less to do so!  SIGN PETITION NOW!

BEST_OF_2014_VoteREMINDER: Encore is doing the “Best of” issue. TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY to nominate your favorites! Remember The Wilmywood Daily for “BEST BLOG!” Make sure you vote for “Favorite Filmmaker” whoever you love here in Wilmywood.  We got a lot of incredible local filmmakers in this town! They are all on page 3 under “arts, entertainment and media.” NOMINATE NOW!

 Shop the Wilmywood T-shirt Shop! Deadline for orders to arrive before Christmas is set for December 13.  2 DAYS LEFT!  SHOP NOW!

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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.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!