Museum Showcases Cape Fear Film History

Posted March 14, 2016 at 10:50 am     Category: NewsMuseum

WILMINGTON, N.C. – 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. New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum is proud to showcase highlights of the region’s film history with the opening of its newest exhibit, Starring Cape Fear!

The exhibit opens April 22nd and 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 and major motion pictures. 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.

Cape Fear Museum Associates will host an exhibit preview event on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be served. The event is free for museum members and $30 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 910-798-4364. This is an adults-only event.

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382
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