Film industry supporters will get the chance to have their voices heard at the second annual NC Film Rally, 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in downtown Wilmington.
Sponsored by the Wilmington Regional Film Commission and the North Carolina Production Alliance (NCPA), the rally will be located at Market and Water streets. Organizers are hoping to use the event to raise awareness of the impact the film industry has on the local economy and the importance of jobs the film industry provides.
The rally comes as the General Assembly is gearing up to begin its short session on May 14, during which time lawmakers will make a decision about whether or not to extend, alter or kill the state’s film incentive, which offers qualifying productions a 25 percent refundable tax credit. The incentive program is set to expire at the end of the year.
“The rally is just the beginning of what we hope is a very successful legislative session,” the NCPA said in a statement. “So many local families depend upon film for steady work, and this is a great opportunity to show the community that we value their support and recognize the hundreds of folks who want to get more involved.”
Katy Feinberg, spokeswoman for the NCPA, confirmed that Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Sunny 104.5 FM’s Sheila Brothers, representatives from EUE/Screen Gems Studios and local and state legislators will make appearances at the event. The NCPA is also hoping to include stars from the locally filmed TV series “Under the Domee” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
By Hunter Ingram