Rally to extend NC's film incentives planned

Posted by Patrick Gannon on April 24, 2014 

Two groups that support the film industry in North Carolina will host a rally in Wilmington to garner support for the extension of the state’s film incentive program during this year’s legislative session.

The N.C. Production Alliance and Wilmington Film Commission are hosting the second NC Film Rally on May 4 on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington. Speakers will include state lawmakers, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and “special guests” from the entertainment industry, according to a news release. A Production Alliance spokeswoman said actors from the TV series “Sleepy Hollow” and “Under the Dome” may attend and perhaps talent from other Wilmington-filmed shows.

The event will take place 10 days before lawmakers return to Raleigh for the short session, where they are expected to decide whether to extend the film incentives program or allow it to expire at the end of the year.

“The rally is just the beginning of what we hope is a very successful legislative session,” according to the Production Alliance 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.”

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