This week's topic: Film Incentives in North Carolina
Providing tax breaks to the film industry…. statewide, it’s a controversial topic. In Southeastern North Carolina, there’s no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here. But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren’t convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide.
Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette and filmmaker Sol Weiner invited us to a free screening of Swine Country: The Fight for Clean Air and Water in Duplin County, NC on 5/28/14 at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium. A discussion with environmental experts and activists followed the film.
Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress, Twelve Years a Slave is based on the incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Jude Eden and Peggy Pancoe Rosoff stopped by to speak with us about the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival being held this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at Thalian Hall. Full details available on their Facebook Page.
Today I talked with Dan Brawley, Director of the Cucalorus Film Foundation and Cucalorus Film Festival. They have a fundraiser coming up Sunday night from 7:30 to midnight at EUE Screen Gems called An Evening on the Red Carpet. Tickets available at Cucalorus.org
Nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards, well in advance of it's official release, Enemy is already dazzling international audiences. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky, Brokeback Mountain) and directed by Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, is a sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller about a man who discovers an exact physical double of himself.
Gloria, Chile's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults.
An official Selection at Cannes, Telluride, and Toronto International Film Festivals in 2013 and winner of Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) at Cannes, The Past is one of the season's best foreign films. Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran in order to finalize a divorce from his estranged wife Marie (Bejo) so she can marry her boyfriend (Tahar Rahim).
This unconventional love story from Spike Jonze received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, and won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer, purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system.