Lights. Camera. Action!
Do you have the image of a bustling Hollywood sound stage? a back lot filled with glamorous, well-known Beverly Hills movie stars? an army of extras, and a hard-working, fast-moving crew from Burbank?
Probably. But, not all films are made in California. In fact, North Carolina has been connected to more than 700 major motion pictures over the years, including Deliverance, Blue Velvet, The Color Purple, Firestarter, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Bull Durham, Weekend at Bernie’s, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Iron Man 3. More than 2,400 films and television programs have been made in the Tar Heel State.
Do you recognize any of these lines:
“May the odds be ever in your favor.”
“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
“How is it you are headed west? Well, we kinda face to the north and real subtle-like turn left.”
These words are from The Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, and The Last of the Mohicans, respectively, and were spoken in North Carolina, becoming part of the state’s long and rich history in the movie business.
NC has starred in comedies, action films, horror flicks, and of course, dramas. Look at a clip from this "classic..."
And there are those many NC-made romantic screen events, like this clip:
But seriously, this will be a Celebration of film and TV in North Carolina
Carolina Museum of History is planning a yearlong celebration of filmmaking in the state. Named Starring North Carolina! the celebration will feature:
- the first major exhibit about the Tar Heel State’s role in filmmaking;
- activities that reveal North Carolina stars, filming locations, and references;
- a film festival and a film series;
- and more!
The celebration is slated to start November 2014.
But, wait! There's more!
We have so much more to tell you—we are historians, after all! So look for updates here, and check us out on Facebook or the Museum's website for details about the exhibit, the film series, the film festival, educational programs, and more. Even NPR has done a story on our campaign: http://wfae.org/post/nc-history-museum-tries-crowd-funding-film-exhibit!
It's all a work in progress that will come to life with your help.
Why is a state museum asking for your money?
We are fortunate that the people of North Carolina have funded a history museum that collects their stories and their artifacts for over 100 years. In today’s economy, however, state monies pay basically our salaries and utilities. To fund events, programs, and exhibits the museum must have private contributions. We need your help to get Starring North Carolina! off the ground.
Team on This Campaign:
Social Media Coordinator
Project Manager/Museum Registrar
Educator and Whatever is Needed Sort of Gal