Wilmington filmmakers raise funds for local documentary

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Supplied photos courtesy of Joshua Prindiville 

Above: Dr. David Hill was sued by Titan America for his comments during a New Hanover County Commissioners meeting in 2010.

For almost as long as Titan America has been around, there have been people carefully watching, tracking and even filming each step of the way. This Monday marks the first preview of “Clashing with Titans” and the fundraising push to completion. 

The “Clashing with Titans” fundraiser will shocase many of the citizens featured in the film, including former Cape Fear Riverkeeper, Doug Springer. There will also be a raffle, followed by a trio of up-and-coming Wilmington singer-songwriters Dylan Linehan and Judah Moore, accompanied by percussionist Joe Albino, and more. 

The evening will also launch the film’s Indiegogo upstart campaign, with the overall goal of raising $45,000. 

“That is about 1 percent of the $4.2 million that New Hanover County Commissioners offered Titan to come here,” said Joshua Prindiville, producer and director of the full-length documentary about the controversy surrounding the proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.

Originally meant as short-film, Prindiville said it has been in production for about four years.

“Shortly after starting the documentary, I realized that the subject was entirely too large to contain itself in a short film,” he said. 

Prindiville and film producer Shar Olivier were both graduates from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and both agree one of the biggest challenges has been funding.

“I think making any feature-length film is challenging financially, but also amid a recession, as [Prindiville] finished his degree and as I finished my graduate degree, just finding time to do it at all and finding the funding has been a challenge,” Olivier said. 

Though the story of Wilmington and Titan is not over and there is a little more production to wrap up, Prindiville and Olivier expect to complete the film by spring 2013. 

“We’ve got all the footage that’s needed. Basically, we need to dedicate the next two to three months of our lives to finishing this film,” Olivier said. “The bottom line is that we need community support. We need citizens to rally around this film the way they’ve rallied around this whole issue, and ultimately … expand the knowledge of this issue on a national and global scale.”

Though Prindiville admits it has been hard to remain objective at times, he has continued to offer Carolinas Cement opportunities to participate in the film, and will keep that option open until the very end.

“[Carolinas Cement representatives] have declined any interviews whatsoever. I’ve been here willing and waiting for four years,” he said. “They’re friendly. We have nice conversations out in public, but at this time they are unwilling to be on camera.”

Ultimately, both filmmakers said they hope “Clashing of the Titans” sheds light on the relationship between corporations, government and the citizenry it serves.

“What makes our film important is everything that is happening in New Hanover with Titan is not just a local or regional issue,” Prindiville said. “It is a symptom of the greater problem that affects people all over the country and the world. That problem is the subversion of democracy by big industry and the cost is liberty of the citizens.”

To learn more or donate visit www.clashingwithtitans.com

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