Please join a/perture cinema at Carrabba’s Italian Grill for a very special Lunch & Learn Fundraiser with Guy Gaster, Director of the North Carolina Film Office! Enjoy a wonderful Italian lunch and a presentation on the state of film in North Carolina.
Tuesday, July 23rd from 11:30 am to 1 pm
11:30am to 1pm @ Carrabba’s – 587 South Stratford Road
*If you have dietary restrictions please email email@example.com*
MEET GUY GASTER, DIRECTOR OF NC FILM OFFICE
It seems entertainment has long been a part of Guy Gaster’s life. What started out in the sports world has since transcended to the film and television industry. A native of North Carolina, Gaster has spent time in both the state’s eastern and western halves before going across the country for college at Arizona State University where he majored in Marketing with a minor in Mass Communication.
Upon graduation, Gaster took jobs in the sports marketing world, helping provide the on-field and in-game entertainment for Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks and then oversee those aspects and ticket sales for athletic contests at Florida State University and Louisiana State University.
But family and his love for his home state brought Gaster back to North Carolina. In 2010, he was hired as the Production Services Executive for the North Carolina Film Office (NCFO), part of the state’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development with the Department of Commerce. In Fall 2014, Gaster was promoted to Director of the NCFO, now part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. At the NCFO, Gaster is a key figure in recruiting productions to come and film in NC, highlighting the state’s vast variety of locations, well-trained work force, any available incentives, and overall film friendliness.
Once a production comes to North Carolina, Gaster continues to assist the production through permitting and essential helping to “put out fires” but always has his eye on helping recruit the next great production for the state.
Since joining the NCFO, Gaster has played a role in bringing such motion pictures as Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, The Conjuring, We’re The Millers, The Longest Ride, Are You Here, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the television series Under The Dome, Homeland, Sleepy Hollow, Good Behavior, Love It or List It, and the new streaming series Swamp Thing and Reprisal.
Gaster lives in Raleigh—but spend a fair amount of time in Johnston County. In addition to enjoying television and movies—good thing considering his job—he likes attending sporting events, cooking, traveling and finding the great dive eating spots throughout the state and spoiling his 11-year old niece and 8-year old nephew.