Non-Union Films: Weekend at Bernie’s

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The movie Weekend at Bernie’s kicks off with two lowly employees discovering an accounting irregularity which they unknowingly bring to the perpetrator. After he is killed by the mob they keep up the ruse he is still alive to protect themselves.

 

This silly movie has a slightly less silly real life parallel with the life and times of David Begelman, head of Gladden Entertainment which produced the film, and the eye of the hurricane for a real life Hollywood embezzlement scandal. Read More …

Very Local History: Waffle House Coming Soon

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In this Very Local History episode we tackle the concept of “urban renewal,” using Wilmington, North Carolina as a case study.

In the 1970’s the Downtown Area Revitalization Effort was formed to spearhead the transformation of the languishing central business district back into a center of commerce. But the story begins long before this, spanning decades of history that paralleled momentous national trends that were affecting the very heart of American cities. Read More …

Holiday Special: Revenge of Dawson’s Creek

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Last year the Midmost Coast podcast took a look at the pilot episode of Dawson’s Creek, a teen drama produced out of our home base in Wilmington, North Carolina. Its impact to the area’s television and film production community was significant, bringing other productions and talent to the area.

Despite this we decided it was horrible and to never watch it again. This month, one year later, we watched it again. This time we chose a Christmas themed episode from the last season. We are joined by two panel guests to help us get through it. Read More …

Very Local History: It’s Always Sunny at the Ammunition Depot

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Just upstream from the mouth of the Cape Fear River is a restricted military base, occupying thousands of acres of sprawling and undeveloped wetlands. Within it runs miles and miles of railway that leads to nowhere.

The base is Sunny Point, also known as MOTSU, and the story of its creation begins with three catastrophic explosions in the early and mid twentieth century. Read More …

Film Fest: Cucalorus 2017 Part 2

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are executive producers on the new film Infinity Baby, in which Offerman’s character is head of a company struggling to deal with hundreds of immortal three month old babies.

This film was screened at the 23rd annual Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. We discuss it as well as other selections, including documentary The Work about group therapy in Folsom State Prison, the caper comedy A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, and the local documentary Black Beach/White Beach examining the racial divides of two different biker weeks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Read More …

Film Fest: Cucalorus 2017 Part 1

We published this show late Thursday night after the first full day of films at the 2017 Cucalorus Film Festival, in its 23rd year out of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The episode covers two blocks of short films, including interviews with Straws filmmaker Linda Booker and The Collection filmmaker Adam Roffman.

We also examine the feature Bernard and Huey, starring Jim Rash, and the southern U.S. premiere of The Misogynists. Read More …