Wilmington has long had a rich history in the film world, including once being home to one to the world's best facilities in film production. Governor Jim Hunt established The North Carolina Film Commission in 1980 and with the addition of Dino DeLaurentis and DEG coming to Wilmington, the Port City became the landing spot for many of your favorite films and television shows.
With our diverse locations, Wilmington offers filmmakers different locations and scenic landscapes throughout the area. With movies like Firestarter to The Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood to IRONMAN 3 and television shows like Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Sleepy Hollow, most recently TNT's production of Good Behavior, Wilmington has been seen by people around the world. Along with filming here, the Port City has had stars become part of the community not just during shooting, but moving in! Stars such as Linda Lavin, Peter Jurasik, Joe Gallison and the late Pat Hingle have all called Wilmington home, with Jurasik teaching local college students and Gallison performing in local theatre productions. Linda Lavin even stared a theatre company called the Red Barn Theatre where she and her husband worked with local actors.
The main reason for the film industry coming here and staying as long as it has is Wilmington's rich artistic community. With film programs at UNC-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College and it's incredible actors, directors, musicians, writers and designers, Wilmington's film community is rebuilding after a critical shift a couple years ago...And she's ready!!!
The Port City
One of our supporters, as well as an investor in our project, the Honorable Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington. Wilmington is Mayor Saffo's hometown and he's proud to have a fellow Wilmingtonia bringing a postcard story here to the Port City. Here is Mayor Saffo with Remember Yesterday creator, J.R. Rodriguez.