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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A non-profit group is spearheading an effort to build a museum devoted to Wilmington’s role in the film industry.

According to a news release, the Wilmington Film Museum is a grassroots history project dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of film and TV history in the Cape Fear area.

Kathleen Gehron, Education Director for the Cape Fear Independent Film Network, says the project is an effort between CFIFN and Jeff Goodwin, a film professional who was concerned that the legacy of the first filmmakers that started out here with Dino De Laurentiis might be lost in time, and a mutual desire to keep the craft of filmmaking alive and remembered in the community.

Organizers say because Wilmington has become a production hub for much of the rest the state, the museum will also celebrate the people and places across the state that have left their mark on the film world.

The goal is to kickoff the Film Museum is planned to be an exhibit next summer, including:
· Digital and interactive timeline of film history in the Carolinas
· Faces of Film: Interactive photo gallery of all the amazing people who work in film
· Artifacts of famous films and the work of craftsmen who created them
· Hall of Fame: Showcasing the stakeholders and trendsetters in the film community
· Weekend exhibits with interactive activities for children
· Showcase of the architecture and geography featured in films
· Screening Room: To show local independent films and video memoirs from industry veterans
· Going Local: highlighting our film festivals, our independent filmmakers and our schools grounded in the community and the starting point for many stars

Organizers are looking for people to get involved as contributors, community partners, advisory council members, committee members, interns and volunteers. Their first start-up meeting is planned for Friday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at Giant/Post 1200 1200 N. 23rd St.

For more information, contact info@wilmingtonfilmmuseum.org with any questions or suggestions.

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3 Comments on "Group wants to develop Wilmington Film Museum"

2015 years 9 months ago

It’ll be nice for people to go and see what a great industry and community we had for 30 years.

Too bad it will be now gone thanks to Catlin, Millis, McCrory, Tillis and Berger.

2015 years 9 months ago

Yep, I remember 30 years back, when them incentives done started. Back then, we didn’t have none a them films and we never would a if it weren’t for them incentives! Them movie people’s too darn smart to be ever be coming here without them bribes. Fact is, we thought a them incentives first, an then them movie people came here ’cause it sure weren’t the other way round!

Too bad all a them politic people done screwed it up ’cause without them bribes we got nothing to offer and everbody done going to starve!

(An if your not believing me, them movie people done put out their own report that’s proving them incentives is real good for you, just like mother’s milk, an you got to believe them people ’cause they make movies!)

2015 years 9 months ago

Good luck with the project. As long as it is privately funded, I would support the effort, voluntarily making a donation rather than having taxes confiscated.

But how will it be able to sustain itself if people can not claim a 25% refundable tax credit on the price of the tickets, the gas it takes to get there, the depreciation on the vehicle, lunch expenses, clothes that are worn, child care, etc.? Surely a film museum, like the film industry, can’t survive if not subsidized with taxpayer money.

In a vote of optimism, I believe that both the museum and the industry in NC are possible without government bribes. Imagine if NC starts a trend and all states decide to stop the madness. Be still my beating heart.


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