Wilmington film exhibit hosts cocktail hour tonight

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A poster from the locally made 1990 movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is among the memorabilia and photos on display at the Wilmington Film Museum exhibit. Photo courtesy Wilmington Film Museum.
A poster from the locally made 1990 movie, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ is among the memorabilia and photos on display at the Wilmington Film Museum exhibit. Photo courtesy Wilmington Film Museum.

The Port City’s century-old tradition of cinematography is on display tonight during a cocktail social in downtown Wilmington.

The event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hannah Block Center, gives movie and TV fans a chance to get a peek at Wilmington Film Museum’s summer exhibit of photos and artifacts from local productions spanning back more than 100 years.

“Wilmington is more than just a filming location. Many of the professionals that traveled here with film and TV productions stayed to make Wilmington their home,” according to a release from the film museum. “Over the decades, that base has grown into what is now the indigenous Wilmington film community and includes everyone from small, independent productions to Hollywood blockbusters.”

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public through Saturday, Aug. 15, also highlights the “extended family” of celebrities that have made Wilmington a second home and productions that have utilized multiple locations across North Carolina.

Tonight’s cocktail social will also serve as a fundraiser to help the Wilmington Film Museum find a permanent home.

Formed in 2014, the museum is a grassroots history project dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of film and TV history in the Cape Fear area. It’s an initiative started by the Cape Fear Independent Film Network, an-all volunteer non-profit organization that annually puts on a film festival, among other events.