Film industry donates thousands to local schools
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than an estimated $40,000 has been donated to New Hanover County Schools since March from film productions that used the schools as locations.
Action movie “Max Steel” used Hoggard High School, which ended up receiving around $6,000. “Sleepy Hollow” is currently donating about $1,000 a day to New Hanover High School, where “Under the Dome” has also shot, and Ashley High School received a whopping $20,000 earlier this year.
Wilmington Regional Film Commission director Johnny Griffin says this is average. It’s just never publicized.
“School board members may not be aware themselves, because presentations are not being made,” Griffin said. “No one knew that a check for $20,000 was written to one of the schools, because the production just didn’t want to blow their own horn on that.”
The money stays with each school, but recently Griffin says school leaders have been discussing putting donations into a general use fund. Griffin says that would work against them, and he hopes they continue keeping it in individual schools.