WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – You can watch locally-filmed Heart of the Country in your own living room Tuesday, Aug. 20, as the film is being released On Demand and on DVD at Walmart.
The movie stars Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill), who received the Academy of Country Music's award for Best New Female Artist.
It was written and directed by John Ward, a Wilmington native, and set in Columbus County where his family has lived for more than 200 years.
"My family has lived in Columbus County for 250 years. I wanted to honor the people I grew up watching as a child -- their nobility and decency. That's why I set the novel and the movie there. Hopefully, people will get curious and go see how great a place it is for themselves," said Ward.
In an interview, Ward also touched on the film incentives program.
"I am a huge supporter of the current incentive program. With Heart of the Country, we created over 300 jobs. Almost all of those jobs were with permanent local residents. The important thing to remember is that the production money is spent in our area first before any rebates are paid out. That money, as with Heart of the Country, is spent across the economy from food, to lodging, to rental cars and equipment, etc. In regard to those employed by us, where do they spend the money they earned? In our local businesses as they live their lives. The economic benefit is for all North Carolinians, regardless of whether you ever see a set," he said.
You can see Heart of the Country On Demand on Time Warner Cable and DirecTV or buy a copy of the DVD at Walmart stores.
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