N.C. Film Office director discusses challenges facing the regional industry
From strikes to Sundance
BY ZACK SMITH
The death of Frank Capra Jr. Dec. 19 might seem to signal the end of an era for film and television production in North Carolina. In the early 1980s, the son of the legendary It’s a Wonderful Life director helped establish Wilmington as a major filming location by choosing it for the 1984 Stephen King adaptation Firestarter, leading to that film’s executive producer, Dino De Laurentiis, basing EUE/Screen Gems Studio in the city.
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