Film

Local News
2:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

TV's 'Banshee' To Leave Charlotte Area

North Carolina Film Office Logo
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina Film Office

The TV show Banshee will stop filming in and around Charlotte. It looks to be the first casualty of North Carolina’s soon to expire film incentive tax credit.

For all of its three seasons Banshee, a campy show about an ex-con hiding out in an Amish community has called Charlotte home.

HBO, which produces Banshee for Cinemax, its sister network, has no official comment. But cast and crew for the show took to Twitter today to thank Charlotte and surrounding cities for being a good home for the program’s first three seasons.

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Local News
10:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Historic "Hunger Games" Village Overrun With Visitors and Vandals

At one point, all the doors in the village were screwed shut and the windows boarded, but visitors and tourists have forced doors open and smashed in windows.
Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Henry River Mill Village is a historic cotton mill company town built in the early 1900s about an hour outside of Charlotte. Historians have hailed it as one of Burke County’s most historically intact examples of a small company village that fueled the Industrial Revolution. But a new generation is becoming fascinated with the village for another reason: its role as District 12 in the 2012 blockbuster film, the Hunger Games.

Today, tourists are flocking to see a piece of film history, and while it’s given a boost to the county’s tourism industry, not everyone is happy with all the attention.


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Local News
4:23 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Film Incentives Likely Cut; Will Industry Walk Away From State?

CBS's "Under The Dome" is just one of the TV shows filmed in North Carolina that are assessing whether to remain in the state.
Credit Courtesy of EUE/Screen Gems

It’s been more than 24 hours since Speaker Thom Tillis and Senator Pro Tem Phil Berger announced a budget deal was all but done.

Senator Berger said the document would be printed – and published online for all to see late Tuesday night or sometime today.

That still hasn’t happened. Which means there are scant details on just how the General Assembly will pay for the teacher raises and other new spending they announced yesterday afternoon.

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Business
12:11 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 2: Running The Numbers

Filming of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington. The blockbuster was the first film in North Carolina to hit the $20 million dollar film incentive cap.
Credit Courtesy of the Wilmington Film Commission

The curtain is poised to come crashing down on North Carolina’s film incentive.

Wednesday, the House Finance Committee adopted a plan which would slash the amount a production company could receive, from $20 million to five million.

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Business
9:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 1: How They Work

A chair on set of CBS's "Under The Dome"
Credit Courtesy of EUE/Screen Gems

For the past seven years North Carolina has been aggressively trying to lure movie and television shows to film in the state. Their bait? Tax dollars.

Since the program began it has been hugely successful. But the film incentive program is controversial. In Raleigh there is a movement to change the program or let it sunset at the end of this year.

This week, we take a closer look at the incentives program and proposals to change it. This report looks at how the system works and how much money just one TV show spends in the state.

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Local News
6:45 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket

Lawmakers will return to the state capitol in Raleigh for the General Assembly's short session.
Credit Jim Bowen / Flickr

Lawmakers are back in Raleigh today for the start of the General Assembly’s short session. And they’re not letting the short time frame keep them from tackling major changes. Republican leaders are considering more tax cuts, how to boost teacher pay, handle coal ash, whether to continue incentives for film, and much more. WFAE’s Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what to expect. 


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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscars Talk With Local Film Critics

It's that time of year again where all the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood gather on the red carpet and hope to catch a glimpse of a small, bald, gold man. We're talking about Oscar of course, the supreme prize for film actors, directors, screenwriters, make-up artists and more. Best Picture contenders American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are frontrunners. Ahead of the 86th Academy Awards this weekend, we'll gather our trio of local movie critics to hear their picks and predictions for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director and more.

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Local News
9:33 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NC History Museum Tries Crowd Funding For Film Exhibit

Credit N.C. Museum Of History

The North Carolina Museum of History is trying something new to raise money: crowd-funding. The museum launched an online campaign this month to help pay for an upcoming exhibit about the history of film in North Carolina. The publicity for the exhibit comes at a good time for supporters of the state’s tax incentives for movie and TV productions.  

    

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Arts & Life
11:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum is no longer looking to merge with other area organizations.

The museum of photography and film announced last week that it was suspending operations while it tries to reorganize. The museum's board chairman Jeff Wise says a merger was a possibility but museum members want it to remain independent.

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Photography
10:07 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Light Factory To Suspend Operations

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Now it’s closing its doors, at least temporarily.

The museum of photography and film announced Monday it’s suspending operations.

Board chairman Jeff Wise say revenue has dropped 30 percent in the last three years. He says the museum needs time to reorganize.

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