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Aug 19, 2021

State film spending estimates are climbing and on track to hit a high this year, Gov. Roy Cooper announced in a press release Thursday. Also on Thursday, the governor stopped by EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. According to the press release, the statewide film spending total has reached about $409 million from productions this year.  Of that statewide ...

Aug 11, 2021

A charter school in Wilmington has drawn attention and dollars from a showbiz giant. The Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW), North Carolina’s only single-gender public charter school, is partnering with Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Sony Global Social Justice Fund to develop a media technology curriculum and studio on GLOW’s campus, accordin ...

Aug 6, 2021

PBS’ Start Up Releases Trailer That Features Wilmington Companies

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Aug 6, 2021

PBS's START UP has released a trailer featuring several Wilmington companies for the show's upcoming season. START UP, an Emmy Award-nominated television docuseries highlighting the struggles and victories of entrepreneurs across the United States, released the trailer earlier this week. The show, in its ninth season, stopped in several Southeastern U.S. co ...

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Posted Sep 16, 2021
On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Cape Fear Region, bringing 15-30” of rain, 11 tornadoes, and 90 mph sustained winds and causing over $16 billion in damage in North Carolina. Immediately after the storm, leaders of businesses, nonprofits, churches, and government came together to develop response and recovery plans.

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Jul 14, 2021

Film Council Discusses Crew Workforce

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jul 14, 2021

State and regional film leaders have a goal to help develop North Carolina’s workforce in the industry. The topic was among the discussions Wednesday during a meeting of the Governor's Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming. Workforce development has been a focus for many in the industry as more opportunities arise in the future for prod ...

Jul 9, 2021

This year will likely be one of the region’s biggest film spending years, said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. “So far we're easily in the neighborhood of $250 million in spending,” Griffin said Friday. “And it would not surprise me, based on what we’re dealing with right now, that we approach, ...

Jul 7, 2021

Cucalorus Film Festival has launched a Kickstarter campaign aimed at bringing the annual film festival back in person this year. The campaign has the goal of reaching $27,000 in donations, having received more than $5,000 as of Wednesday afternoon. According to the Kickstarter post, the pandemic has taken a big toll on the organization. Dan Brawley, head of the fe ...

Jun 16, 2021

Wilson Center Receives $10K To Support Dance Production

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 16, 2021

The Wilson Center was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, according to a news release. The Grants for Arts Projects funds will support a production and community dance residency of the Invertigo Dance Theatre during the 2022-23 season, officials said in the release. Another local group, the Cucalorus Film Foundation, was ...

Jun 9, 2021

NC Film Forum This Week To Address 'Post-Pandemic Production'

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 9, 2021

A virtual series to address topics in the film industry will continue Wednesday with discussions on filming during a pandemic. The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Cucalorus Film Foundation is hosting the June session of the 2021 NC Film Forum Wednesday with featured guests Barbara D’Alessandro, producer on "Reprisal" and "13 Reas ...

Jun 4, 2021

The Cucalorus Film Foundation was recently approved for a second Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts, according to an announcement this week. The $15,000 grant will support the Cucalorus Works-in-Progress Lab, a program organized through a partnership with Working Films for unfinished social justice documentaries made by Black filmmak ...

May 13, 2021

The surge of film projects coming to North Carolina, the potential for expansion of the state’s film incentive and the need to train more people for careers in the industry were among the topics discussed at this week’s N.C. Film Forum session.   “State of the State” was the theme for Wednesday evening's session. Panelists were Johnny Gri ...

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