The film industry has been very good for Wilmington.
It all started back in 1983 with the area's first feature film, Stephen King's "Firestarter"; and now, nearly 25 years later, Screen Gems Studios has grown to nine sound stages, and more than 300 features, mini-series, movies of the week, and 8 TV series have been filmed here.
Currently in production are the current fifth season of "One Tree Hill" and features "Bolden", "Nights in Rodanthe", "Eastbound and Down," and the just-wrapped "Marc Pease Experience".
Wilmington is also the home of the Cucalorus Film Festival, started 12 years ago. Last year's Cucalorus event boasted participation by 78 innovative and promising filmmakers, including artists from Israel, Scotland and Canada; and an attendance of more than 9,000.
In 2004, the first Port City Animation Festival was launched. So it's no surprise that Wilmington was chosen to become the home of the first Scene First National Student Film Festival. This event put on by Campus Entertainment of Columbia, South Carolina, with Frank Capra, Jr. as honorary chairman, features more than 100 of the best student films from more than 90 institutions in 25 states.
Screenings are scheduled this week Thursday through Saturday at Thalian Hall, City Stage and St. Thomas Preservation Hall. Also scheduled are a trade show and workshops featuring award-winning filmmakers.