Candidate and industry veteran talk film incentives

The fight for film incentives continues in the Port City. While Governor Pat McCrory toured Screen Gem Studios, one candidate for the NC House spoke out about the future of film in North Carolina. (Source: WECT)
The fight for film incentives continues in the Port City. While Governor Pat McCrory toured Screen Gem Studios, one candidate for the NC House spoke out about the future of film in North Carolina. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The fight for film incentives continues in the Port City. While Governor Pat McCrory toured Screen Gem Studios Thursday, one candidate for the NC House spoke out about the future of film in North Carolina.

"I've had enough. I took it personally, and that's why I've entered this race," said Betsy Jordan, a candidate for the District 20 seat.

She partnered with industry veterans Thursday to keep the fight for film incentives going.

"We have no assurances that they plan to do anything meaningful to save your jobs," Jordan said about state lawmakers.

She spoke directly to the film community about what she believes is a lack of fight by leaders to keep movie making here in the Tarheel state.

"It's imperative that we have to have incentives to remain competitive and to continue to build and stop the bleed," Jordan said.

An industry veteran says state leaders don't understand what truly goes into making films in north Carolina and why our state is so perfect for movie making.

"The hierarchy are too small minded," said Joe Dunton, who's been working in the film industry for decades, said.

He believes North Carolina isn't taking advantage of the unique and ideal parts of the state that draws in movie makers.

"It could be a Hollywood," Dunton said. "We have the ocean, because we have the downtown, because we have Burgaw; all these fantastic locations that you can't build."

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