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North Carolina’s film industry is facing a crisis in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and other social media controversies.
North Carolina’s cinema industry is experiencing a crisis, says film industry consultant and industry leader, Steve Burdett.
The state is the most highly rated for film production in the US, but a new social media backlash has led to a dramatic drop in movie tickets, he says.
“When you have the right demographic of people in the state, there’s a lot of potential for a lot more success than what’s happening right now,” Mr Burdet said.
He said the state’s film sector is facing an industry crisis, with many filmgoers turning away from movies and opting to watch other media, such as Netflix and YouTube.
Mr Burdets warning comes just months after an outcry over the film Black Lives Matters protests and riots in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Some of the more controversial protests in North Carolina involved the arrest of two people who were caught filming a black man being beaten.
But Mr Burden says there is nothing that can stop people from watching movies and watching film, which is what he hopes will be the future.
Cinema has a long history of social issues, he said, but the protests and violence have hit the industry hard.
I think people are just being very cautious about what they’re doing because they don’t want to upset the people who make them.
They don’t like to offend anybody, they’re not really politically correct, they are making a living, and they are also making money.
What can I do about it?
Mr Tumas says filmgoers have started posting comments on social media saying they can’t watch movies if they are seen in the company of police officers.
A recent study of filmgoers by the Pew Research Center found that one in five filmgoers had experienced some form of discrimination or harassment.
Pew’s study found that more than a quarter of filmgoers said they had experienced verbal or physical harassment, while nearly two-thirds had been verbally or physically assaulted.
In the past few weeks, North Carolinians have been protesting in the streets and at airports and in shopping centres, protesting against the death of Eric Garner in New York.
On Wednesday, protesters in Charlotte marched to City Hall in protest against the killing of Mr Garner, who died in police custody after a struggle with an officer.
Meanwhile, in Florida, protests over the death in police chokehold of Tamir Rice have taken the country to the streets, with more than 100 people arrested, including several police officers, over the incident.