Currituck County says it's ready for its close-up

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by Eric Kane, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 7:01 PM

CURRITUCK CO.-- Currituck County officials are looking for some Hollywood glitz and glam to help boost the local economy.

Last week, tourism and economic development officials met to brainstorm ways to bring filmmaking to the northeastern part of the state.

"Film is one of those where it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, it's going to bring the same type of impact to our tourism infrastructure," said Peter Bishop, director of the Currituck County Economic Development Board.

The movie Hunger Games broke worldwide ticket sales two years ago, and according to the North Carolina Film Commission, the blockbuster pumped 60 million dollars into the state's economy.

The film was shot in Asheville, and now some local filmmakers are asking, why not Currituck County?

"It could be a house in the middle of a field, that's rustic, and old and quaint, and that's the shot that someone's looking for, and why can't we offer that instead of Wilmington, Raleigh or Charlotte even?” asked Mike Martine, owner of Eye Candy Digital Video based in Moyock.

North Carolina has a history of attracting major Hollywood shows and movies, thanks in part to a 25 percent refundable tax credit.

But most of these productions are made where the state has a film commission office.

"What we don't have in northeast North Carolina, Virginia border (area) is a local film office for the North Carolina State Film Commission," said Martine.

Currituck County officials are looking get in on the movie magic to help boost their local economy, one that is heavily dependent on seasonal tourism.

"Film is something new to us here in Currituck County so we'd be creating new jobs, new wealth, new opportunities, not just replacing something else in another part of the country or the state," said Bishop.

In May, county officials will meet with the director of the state's film commission to discuss opening an office.

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