WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Tim Guinee is no stranger to the North Carolina film industry.
The actor graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and frequently films scenes in the state for TV shows like Homeland and Revolution.
This week, he's back in Wilmington to work on his latest TV project: the FX pilot How and Why (Michael Cera, John Hawkes).
"I'm so happy back in Wilmington," Guinee said. "It feels like I'm back home. I miss my Revolution cast mates. But I've been going to my favorite restaurants and poking around."
It's no surprise that Guinee is bringing a project that's close to his heart to audiences in Wilmington.
One Armed Man will be shown at this weekend's Cape Fear Independent Film Festival.
The film marks Guinee's directorial debut and the project was a passion project for the actor.
The movie was written by Guinee's late father-in-law, Horton Foote, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of To Kill a Mockingbird. Guinee and his wife financed the entire project.
He also enlisted the help of a few friends to bring the story to the screen. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman was the executive producer on the project. Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi donated costumes from the set of his HBO show to help the small, independent movie.
One Armed Man tells the story of a wealthy cotton gin owner who is confronted by a former employee who lost his arm in a cotton gin.
Although it is set in the 1920s, Guinee said the short film is relevant today.
"It's a really timely piece," he said. "I think it has a lot to say about where we are now and CEO versus a guy on the shop floor and pay differences. I think it's a relevant piece."
To learn more about the movie, head to http://onearmedmanmovie.com/.
The film will be shown at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Brown Coat Pub and Theater as part of this weekend's film festival.
The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival falls on the same weekend as a rally in support of the state's film incentives program, which will take place Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on the Wilmington Riverfront.
Guinee has been closely following the debate over film incentives in North Carolina. The program expires at the end of the year, unless the legislature decides to extend them.
Guinee worked on Homeland in Charlotte and talked to state leaders about the program when he shot scenes for the show in Raleigh.
"I'm not sure the legislature understands that if they pull the tax breaks, they are affecting restaurants and hotels and crews," he said. "I've been working here since Dino De Laurentiis owned the studio and it's a very talented amazing group of people and an asset to the state and I think it would be a shame to see the legislature flush it down the toilet."
The General Assembly is expected to talk about the future of the tax credit when state lawmakers go back to work on May 14.
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