Politics & Government
12:14 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Future Of NC Film Incentives

Iron Man 3 was filmed in North Carolina.
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Reporters Carol Motsinger and Jorge Valencia discuss the future of NC Film Incentives


Film and television production companies in North Carolina currently receive tax refunds of 25 percent if they spend $250,000 or more. The incentives expire at the end of the year unless the General Assembly reinstates them in the budget. Critics say the incentives are too high given a number of permanent jobs the industry creates. But a report commissioned by industry players shows the state receives a positive return on its entertainment investment. 

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Raleigh Film Festival Showcases Local Female Filmmakers

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The Meredith College Documentary Film Festival offers movies made by women that address a wide range of topics.

 Filmmaker Joan King Widdifield's "Rainy Season" explores the lingering damage of the Vietnam War. Kristin Bedford's film, "Field Notes, Durham Noir" is an aesthetic interpretation of the tobacco town. Host Frank Stasio talks with Widdifield and Bedford about their work. Both films will be featured at the Festival on Sunday, January 26th.


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Arts & Culture
7:49 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Film With Local Ties Gets Prolonged Standing Ovation At Sundance This Weekend

The film The Case Against 8 gets a standing ovation at Sundance
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The Case Against 8 premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The film is directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White, and was supported by the Southern Documentary Fund. The film received an emotional response from the audience, with a standing ovation that lasted through the credits, SDF and other media outlets report.

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Film Series Shines Light On 'The Real Israel'

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Israel is often seen through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinean conflict, or through the stories of the Holocaust.

Shai Ginsburg wants to change that, to show what life is really like for people in Israel. So he created a film series to showcase true stories from the region.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Bringing A Langston Hughes Classic From Stage To Screen

Black Nativity is a Hollywood adaptation of Langston Hughes' gospel libretto.
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Bringing A Langston Hughes Classic From Stage to Screen

Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity makes its big screen debut. 

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Home Movie Day Returns To Raleigh



A worldwide celebration of amateur filmmaking returns to the Triangle this weekend.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Bruce Lee Brings Together Black and Asian-American Audiences

Beyond The Chinese Connection Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production
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English professor and author Crystal Anderson expounds on her new book 'Beyond The Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production'


In the 1970s, Kung Fu movies took America by storm and Bruce Lee became a household name.  Lee turned into an unexpected icon for African-American audiences, and his image especially resonated with black males.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Documentary Film Project Captures Political Polarization In North Carolina

Map of the distribution of electoral college votes in the 2012 Presidential Election.
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Filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler discuss their new film, 'Story of America: A Nation Divided'

For the past several months, all eyes have been on North Carolina. The state has received an abundance of national coverage since the start of Moral Mondays as a response to this legislative session.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Film Looks At Background Singers In Rock'n'Roll History

Backup singers in the age of Rock N' Roll.

Morgan Neville, the director of '20 Feet From Stardom', joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the making of the film

When you find yourself singing along to your favorite rock'n'roll songs, you're probably not singing along with a front man like David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. You're probably singing along with their backup singers.

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The State of Things
9:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NC Native Documents Life Of Levon Helm

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm screens at the Chelsea Theater.
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Frank Stasio talks about the Levon Helm film.

Levon Helm is best known for being the drummer in the music group, “The Band,” but he had a long career after they broke up. He even fought his way back into musical shape after quitting for a time due to throat cancer. He finally succumbed in 2012, but not before filmmaker Jacob Hatley had a chance to film a documentary, “Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm.”

Its Triangle premiere is at the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill on June 28.