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'Remaining,' 'Bolden!' films schedule additional filming

September 18, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 18--Two independent films produced in the area are headed back to shoot more footage.

The productions for the apocalyptic thriller "The Remaining" and the biopic "Bolden!" are opening offices at the EUE/Screen Gems Studios this week.

"The Remaining" is back just a few months after its initial month-long production ended mid-March. The film follows a group of young adults struggling to survive after a series of disastrous global events. During filming, the production shot large hail scenes outside the New Hanover County Library in downtown Wilmington, turned parts of Grace United Methodist Church into a fallout shelter and briefly closed the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

Planned for a 2014 release, the film stars Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids"), Johnny Pacar ("Flight 29 Down") and Shaun Sipos (who can be seen this fall on "The Vampire Diaries").

According to Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Film Commission, the production only plans to film for a few days to film additional scenes.

"Bolden!" has a much lengthier history with the area. Recounting the jazzy life story of legendary cornet player Buddy Bolden, the film began its initial production in early 2007. It is the passion project of Hyatt Hotels heir and writer/director Dan Pritzker, who has reportedly funneled millions into the film.

Anthony Mackie ("The Hurt Locker") originally was featured in the title role but will be recast before filming restarts.

This isn't the first time the film has returned for more shooting. In summer 2010, "Bolden!" filmed 19th- and early-20th-century sequences on Market Street.

Griffin said that he is still waiting to hear back from "Bolden!'s" producers about their production plans.

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