For over 100 years approximately 3,000 screen projects have been created in North Carolina, ranging from movies and documentaries to television series and commercials. In the last 30 years, more than 400 of these productions were filmed in the Lower Cape Fear region. Cape Fear Museum is proud to showcase highlights of the region’s film history with the opening of its newest exhibit, Starring Cape Fear!
Visitors can explore the history of the local film and television production industry from the 1980s to the present day. View artifacts from several productions including Firestarter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and Tammy. See a cape and the ear from Blue Velvet, an Iron Man 3 mask, and the jet ski beloved by Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) in Eastbound & Down.
Test your knowledge of past television programs. Try your hand at the foley arts by adding sound to movie clips. Learn about Dino DeLaurentiis’ efforts to create the largest sound stage lot east of California and find out how North Carolina’s film incentives program changed the industry in the Cape Fear region. Starring Cape Fear! was developed in partnership with the North Carolina Museum of History.