June 8, 2010

Phink of the Month: Rebecca Clark

Ever wonder why the opening to “The Andy Griffith” show looks nothing like North Carolina? Because it’s not.

Opie is doomed for eternity to drop his fish on a dirt road in RKO’s “Forty Acres” outside of Los Angeles, but Rebecca Clark’s work as executive director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission has made the Piedmont region a destination for film crews and the location for volumes of television and cinema. In the film “Goodbye Solo” we see a cab driver’s perspective of Winston-Salem. “Madhouse” on The History Channel keeps it real at Bowman Gray Racetrack. “Leatherheads” brought Greensboro’s Memorial Stadium out of mothballs.

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” had iconic Devil’s Tower in Northeastern Wyoming, and three decades later “Junebug” had Pilot Mountain, here in North Carolina. Thanks in part to Rebecca, our Phink of the Month.

In Ink’s mission to “make the world safe for original photography,” Rebecca is an ally as she markets locations as sublime as Hanging Rock and as vacant as a cheap motel. The Film Commission has two categories of clients: film producers and local film crews…lighting experts, videographers, musicians, grips, best boys, caterers, etc. To advance this, she recently oversaw the launch of a state-of-the-art Web site database for location scouting and local crew.

Rebecca is the leading lady of the Piedmont Triad Film Comission. This is her with Eli Roth back in 2001, while he was filming Cabin Fever in the Triad. According to imdb.com, Quentin Tarantino called Roth the future of horror.

Rebecca with Eli Roth back in 2001, while he was filming Cabin Fever in the Triad. According to imdb.com, "Quentin Tarantino called Roth 'the future of horror'."

It’s a creative job that sometimes comes with Academy Awards tickets and also a marketing job that keeps creative talent working. Rebecca’s been doing it for 16 years and got into it through local means.

“My dad is a musician and I got into theater at a young age,” says Rebecca. After a theater scholarship, a degree in psychology and stint as a radio disc jockey in Yadkinville, she ended up working for the film office in 1994 and befriended many North Carolina School of the Arts faculty and worked closely with the film school students.

As the regional ambassador to the film industry Rebecca’s got a lot to be proud of. “We’re the independent film making capital of North Carolina,” she says. “And I like to refer to this region as the independent film making capital of the United States!!” Ink thinks that she is well on her way to achieving this goal… now off to watch Junebug again. What a great movie!

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  2. Way to go Becca! We are all proud of you and the work you…keepin it in NC!

  3. Congratulations Hope to see you soon

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