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Helping fund film means tax write-off

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Tonight, you can help a locally-produced film become a reality. And you can write it off come tax time.

The film "Anhedonia" is set to begin filming in January with funds donated from the community.

The producers not asking for much; just the chance to put Wilmington back in the spotlight. Writer and director of the short film Dylan Patterson said money is the biggest obstacle a production must face.

"Really, if you were in Hollywood or New York, they would say, 'You can make a movie for that? And not just a 30-second commercial or not shoot a wedding video?'" Patterson said.

The $30,000 budget is all Patterson says he needs to make his film and make it well. The production team has secured a cast and crew and is ready to being production. Now they need you.

"We just need people to really, at this stage, we need need people to be willing to do is invest in our community," Patterson said.

Patterson and his team say by giving money to their movie, folks will be helping to rebuild Wilmington's dwindling film industry.

Donating has its perks. Because "Anhedonia" is sponsored by the national non-profit organization Fractured Atlas, the film is now a non-profit production. That means all donations are tax deductible.

Producer Cathy Meriam said the community seems excited about the incentive.

"What we're seeing is a rekindling of community support, which I think this town hasn't seen in a long time, where we're sort of giving back to the independent community which is so important here," she said.

Meriam said she has been a part of feature film productions, which make more money, but for her, it's all about the art and providing good jobs for good people.

"We just wanna make movies," Meriam said. "We wanna make movies that touch people in some way, and we want to impact people that are working on the movie. That it touches them to be part of the project."

If you want to get involved with "Anhedonia's" efforts, the crew is hosting a fundraiser tonight at Sputnick on Front Street. It starts at 9 p.m. Just like their film, they hope tonight's fundraiser will have a fairy tale ending.

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