Non-Union Films: Blue Velvet

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The film career of David Lynch had an unlikely savior after the poorly received 1984 adaptation of Dune. Dino De Laurentiis gave Lynch license to make a personal film with unheard of final cut rights: Blue Velvet.

In this episode we return to the scene of the filmmaking miracle, Wilmington, North Carolina, considered by some to be the loose basis for the town of Twin Peaks.

On this episode we are joined by Heather┬áDivoky, a local artist in the Sarus Festival, opening March 22, 2018. Read More …

I’m a Firestarter, Twisted Firestarter

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This month we watch and talk about the film that built the movie industry in Wilmington, North Carolina. Firestarter starred a young Drew Barrymore, and was based on a novel by Stephen King. It was produced by Dino De Laurentiis who went on to found DEG, which present day is now EUE/Screen Gems. Read More …

Raw Deal Redux

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In 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger came to the fair city of Wilmington, North Carolina to film an old fashioned rampage film called Raw Deal. Mostly mad cap and light-hearted, this film features some of the best and worst tropes of an 80’s action film. Read More …

98 Percent Monkey By Volume

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With a new King Kong movie in theaters, we look back at the 1986 film “King Kong Lives,” filmed largely in Wilmington, NC, out of Dino De Laurentiis’ freshly minted film studio. This movie didn’t kill at the box office, but it did kill some careers. Read More …