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Movie set at Davidson College gets $1 million in state backing

Davidson College’s basketball arena, shown during February’s game against Fordham, is expected to be one of the venues used in the filming of a new movie.
Davidson College’s basketball arena, shown during February’s game against Fordham, is expected to be one of the venues used in the filming of a new movie. DAVIDSONPHOTOS.COM

A film project using Davidson College as its backdrop has been approved for $1 million in state incentives.

“Late in the Season,” an inspirational sports comedy-drama by writer and director Gary Hershberger, is about a young stockbroker with a mysterious past who shows up at a small North Carolina college and, as a walk-on, inspires the basketball team on its championship run.

Hershberger is still raising money for the independent production, which is expected to have a budget of around $10 million, and it is uncertain when the filming will get underway, but may begin before the end of 2015. No casting decisions have been made.

Hershberger’s acting credits include playing Mike “The Snake” Nelson on “Twin Peaks” and Mr. Gilardi on HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”

Two other projects getting state incentives also were announced Friday by Guy Gaster, director of the North Carolina Film Office.

“Under the Dome,” a CBS series based in Wilmington, will film its third season in the coastal city and receive a $5 million state incentive. “Under the Dome,” an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, also shoots in Burgaw and Southport.

An untitled project from Lionsgate Television to be filmed in Western North Carolina is eligible for a grant of $4 million.

“These productions will showcase our state’s amazing diversity of resources,” said John Skvarla, North Carolina commerce secretary, in a statement.

Under the new rules for film incentives, put into effect after North Carolina backed away from 25 percent tax credits for projects, producers get no money up front and must meet direct in-state spending requirements to qualify for funds.

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