Today is National College Decision Day, and I would like to formally announce where I will be going to college.
Starting this August, I will be studying at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, otherwise known as UNC Wilmington or just UNCW. I’m planning on double-majoring in Film Studies and Political Sciences.
Not familiar with UNCW? To some, it’s the school that (barely) lost to Duke this year in the NCAA Tournament. To others, it’s the school near a beautiful shore called Wrightsville Beach. To me, it’s the school that I visited about two years ago and have been madly in love with ever since. I’m not gonna lie: moving from Pennsylvania to North Carolina for college isn’t going to be an easy change. But it’s 100% worth it: I’m going to be living in the Hollywood of the East!
A few fun facts about Wilmington:
- It was settled along the Cape Fear River, which might ring a bell if you have seen the film Cape Fear with Gregory Peck or the remake directed by Martin Scorsese. I still haven’t seen the older version, but I highly recommend the remake. It’s one of those movies that you forget about for some reason, but then you hear someone mention it in conversation and suddenly you remember what a great movie it is. (I wrote a review on it a while back, while I was on my Scorsese marathon. Click here to read it.)
- The Cape Fear River is a blackwater river. As in, old black water, keep on rolling, Mississippi moon, won’t you keep on shining on me….okay, I’m getting a little sidetracked.
- The riverfront in Wilmington was named the Best American Riverfront in 2014 by USA Today.
- Screen Gems has a studio in Wilmington. In fact, it’s the “largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California,” according to Wikipedia. And no, I’m not citing an edit that I made myself.
- George Washington Glover is buried in Wilmington. He was the first husband of Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the religion of Christian Science.
And, since it’s the Hollywood of the East, here’s a list of just a few films that were shot in Wilmington:
- A Walk to Remember
- Blue Velvet (another David Lynch movie, Wild at Heart, mentions Cape Fear and Wilmington in the beginning, as well)
- The Conjuring
- The Crow (the movie that killed Bruce Lee’s son)
- The Hudsucker Proxy
- Iron Man 3
- Maximum Overdrive (the only movie Stephen King directed)
- Safe Haven
- The Secret Life of Bees
- Sleeping with the Enemy
- Weekend at Bernie’s
- We’re the Millers
I’d say the next four years of my life are going to be pretty enjoyable.