Film

Apr 6, 2018

Wilmington Film Project Gearing Up

By Jenny Callison, posted Apr 6, 2018

As LD Entertainment personnel settle into their quarters at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, local businesses are beginning to hear from the project. Like other films and TV projects that have shot in the Wilmington area, LD’s Words on Bathroom Walls will rely on all kinds of area suppliers for everything from rental cars to lumber to fabric. Sabrina Davi ...

Apr 3, 2018

Words on Bathroom Walls, the independent feature film set to shoot in Wilmington starting in May, has been approved to receive a state film incentives grant, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced Tuesday morning. The project could garner more than $2.3 million in funds from North Carolina’s film and entertainment grant, the news release stated. “The pr ...

Nov 21, 2017

Cucalorus Festival Reports Record Attendance Levels

By Staff Reports, posted Nov 21, 2017

A record number of people attended this year’s Cucalorus Festival, organizers announced Tuesday.   Attendance figures for the festival, at its core a film festival in its 23rd year, came in at nearly 19,100 for more than 200 events during the five-day run earlier this month, according to a news release.   The festival switched this year from its Cucalor ...

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Nov 3, 2017

Reframing Wilmington’s Film Future

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 3, 2017

Tens of thousands of attendees are expected to descend on the Cucalorus Festival next week. But while area venues will screen more than 300 films during the five-day festival, the action is at a standstill elsewhere in Wilmington with no major productions rolling cameras on city streets. It’s the first time in years that both the region and state has had no major ...

Oct 9, 2017

Law Eliminates Film Grant's Sunset Date

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 9, 2017

The timeout date on the state’s Film and Entertainment grant program has been removed. On Oct. 8, Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Senate Bill 582, which included a line item that removed the July 1, 2020, sunset date from the state’s film grant program. The bill amends the expiration date from an earlier law when the state switched from a film incent ...

Sep 12, 2017

Locally filmed TNT series Good Behavior officially wrapped filming on its second season last weekend, leaving Wilmington in limbo of current film activity. Now those in Wilmington’s film industry are waiting for the next production to make it to the state, while others are seeking film jobs with projects in cities with a steadier market. "No new awardings ...

Aug 28, 2017

Local Film Nonprofit Awarded Nearly $1M Grant

By Amanda Lisk, posted Aug 28, 2017

Wilmington nonprofit Working Films has secured a $900,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The nearly $1 million, spread out over three years, will be used to launch a program to impact communities across the U.S. through the use of film, officials said.   “This is a tremendous gift that will transform our organization,” said ...

Jun 30, 2017

Local film industry leaders are optimistic about North Carolina’s recurring film grant program. In the recently approved state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins July 1, the North Carolina legislature allocated $15 million in new funding, rolling over about $18 million left over from the previous year’s film grant appropriations. The followi ...

Jun 26, 2017

Lighthouse Films Relocating To Brooklyn Arts District

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 26, 2017

The Lighthouse Film Company Inc., a full-service production company based in Wilmington, is set to relocate into an early-1900s building in the Brooklyn Arts District. The local film production company, currently housed at 2841 Carolina Beach Road, has secured space as the main tenant at 926 N. Fourth St. in downtown Wilmington, according to Andrea Walker, producer ...

May 10, 2017

Film Funding In Senate Budget Falls Short, Some Say

By Cece Nunn, posted May 10, 2017

Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, said Wednesday morning that he’s “very disappointed” in the amount of film funding included in the N.C. Senate proposed state budget released Tuesday evening. The grant funding makes $30 million available for the state’s film grant program, which in 2015 replaced tax credits. That’s the same amount that’ ...

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