SBA to open Shuttered Venues Operators grant any day, funnels $15 billion into arts sector [Free]

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SOUTHEASTERN NC — Back in December, Congress passed the second largest federal package (right behind spring’s CARES Act) in its Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. Of the $2.3 trillion, $15 billion will go to the Save Our Stages Act — now referred to as the “Shuttered Venues Operators” (SVO) grant program — to help arts organizations and businesses […]
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Eight film projects expected to make $114-million impact in North Carolina in 2021, exceeding past years

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WILMINGTON – As of early December, eight major film projects have already committed to 2021 productions in North Carolina, including in the Wilmington area. Those eight projects include the start of principal photography for five feature-length films and three continuations of TV or streaming series, which the industry has seen increased demand for as more […]

Horror franchise ‘Scream’ wraps production in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC—It’s official: “Scream” has wrapped production at EUE/Screen Gems Studios on 23rd Street. RELATED: After Covid-19 hiatus, Wilmington film industry comes alive again with multiple productions underway On Nov. 18 Kevin Williamson, the original writer of the movie franchise, tweeted pictures with its well-known stars Neve Campbell, who plays protagonist Sidney Prescott, and Courteney […]

Cucalorus Connect sparks hard conversations about race, drops biz and tech focus

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WILMINGTON — The Cucalorus Film Festival is fully embracing the theme of racial justice this year in its Connect conference, turning away from the entrepreneurship and tech focus that has steered the seminar since its inception five years ago. As it has been for much of 2020, the issue of race will be at the […]

Shaking up the foundation: Cucalorus 26 launches hybrid festival, virtually and at the drive-in

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WILMINGTON—For 26 years Cucalorus, which kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 11, has evolved into more than Wilmington’s darling independent film festival. It’s grown into highlighting live theatre, comedy and music in its “Stage” portion, and five years ago launched an entrepreneurship, tech and innovation conference in its “Connect” portion. It even dropped “film” from its official […]

‘This Country’ resumes filming, in need of extras

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WILMINGTON—A new series is setting up production again in Wilmington and is in need of extras of all genders, ethnicities and ages. RELATED: After Covid-19 hiatus, Wilmington film industry comes alive again with multiple productions underway “This Country” is the American remake of the BBC comedic series, produced and written by Jenny Bick (“The Greatest […]
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After Covid-19 hiatus, Wilmington film industry comes alive again with multiple productions underway

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WILMINGTON—The Wilmington film industry was poised at the start of 2020 to build off the momentum of 2019, the biggest year for production in North Carolina in five years. The horror movie “Halloween Kills” starring Jamie Lee Curtis, a feature film, “The Georgetown Project,” and Hulu series “Reprisal” all had recently wrapped in the Cape […]

Locally filmed “Hightown” in need of African American twins for Oct. 19 shoot

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WILMINGTON—Last month, the STARZ-produced “Hightown” relocated from Massachusetts to Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gem Studios to begin shooting season two. A SXSW 2020 official selection, “Hightown” comes from executive producer Rebecca Cutter (“Gotham,” “The Mentalist”) and follows the story of a National Marine Fisheries officer (Monica Raymund), who begins to investigate why a body washed up in […]

Local film series pick up the slack as chain movie theaters struggle to reopen

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WILMINGTON — On Sept. 30 movie theaters received the go-ahead from Governor Roy Cooper to open in North Carolina with limited seating under COVID-19 restrictions.  While Stone Theater’s The Pointe 14 Cinemas at Barclay won’t open until November, according to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, AMC Classic Wilmington 16 on Cinema Drive is planning to […]