New job training program would diversify film crews, Wilmington likely to commit initial funds

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WILMINGTON — With potential seed money coming from the City of Wilmington, a new workforce training program is anticipated to grow North Carolina’s next generation of film industry workers, specifically with women and people of color. City council is planning to award $400,000 to the Film Partnership of North Carolina, a new nonprofit established to […]

Oh, the horror! ‘Halloween Kills,’ ‘The Black Phone’ and ‘Scream’ highlight talent of local special effects group

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WILMINGTON — Filmed in the Port City in the fall of 2019, “Halloween Kills” was released Friday in theaters and on the streaming platform Peacock, after the pandemic pushed it a year. Front and center, within its opening scenes, Michael Myers walks out of his house, an exact replica of the white, two-story dwelling that first made […]
Two actors playing police officers talk to a young boy before he runs down Pender Avenue Friday night. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

IATSE film strike looms, deadline set for Monday

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After more than a week in negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), film and TV union International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has put a deadline on its workers walking out on current projects. According to IATSE president Matthew Loeb, around 60,000 union members will go without a paycheck […]

‘A slow grind’: Ongoing negotiations averting film strike, so far

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WILMINGTON –– About a week after film crew members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, negotiations that could potentially prevent that action are continuing at a slow pace. “We are currently still in bargaining (pacific time zone) and expect it to be a slow grind through the weekend,” Darla McGlamery, business agent at IATSE Local […]

IATSE votes almost unanimously to strike if negotiations don’t go their way, could put film projects in limbo

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WILMINGTON — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is inching closer to the possibility of a nationwide strike after film crew members voted overwhelmingly to protest their work conditions and wages. With the threat now looming, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) — the representative of major TV and film companies […]

Unusual setup at The Pointe caught your eye? It’s a film set for Netflix

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WILMINGTON –– Cargo containers, colorful buildings and wooden structures have been popping up at The Pointe at Barclay in recent weeks, grabbing the attention of drivers along Independence Boulevard and shoppers within the commercial complex. The eye-catching build is a set for the Netflix show “Florida Man,” which is filming in the Wilmington area. Cameron […]

Movies and music return to Town of Leland’s fall entertainment lineup

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LELAND — Free entertainment is coming to Leland this fall, as the town brings back its series of concerts and movies starting Thursday, Sept. 30. After going on hiatus in 2020 because of the pandemic, as state protocols limited gatherings, Live at the Park will welcome three bands outdoors in Founders Park (113 Town Hall Dr.) […]
A crew member applies the iconic "Halloween" mask to the actor playing serial murderer Michael Myers. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Wilmington film crews have a decision to make Friday. It could halt productions nationwide

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WILMINGTON — In protest of grueling hours, low pay and insufficient breaks, film crews are close to walking off sets, ceasing productions nationwide and possibly turning Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios back into a desert. Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) are voting Friday on a strike authorization. The entertainment labor union […]

5 Wilmington locations highlighted in Fox premiere of ‘Our Kind of People’

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WILMINGTON — Tuesday night, the Fox series “Our Kind of People” made its debut and put the spotlight on quite a few recognizable places across the Port City. The show is co-produced by Lee Daniels (“Monster’s Ball,” “Precious”) and written by Karin Gist (“Mixed-ish,” “Gray’s Anatomy”). It is not Gist’s first go in Wilmington; she also […]

8 questions answered about 2021’s Cucalorus Film Festival

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WILMINGTON — Films, live performances, important conversations — they’re all on deck for Wilmington’s 27th annual independent film festival, which will resume as an in-person event this November. RELATED: Read more film coverage from Port City Daily The five-day Cucalorus Film Festival is slated to take place Nov. 10-14, celebrating 27 years reverencing the art of […]