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Unless you were living under a rock, you must have heard about “The Hunger Games” by now. This science fiction film is based on the popular novel written by Suzanne Collins. It stars a bunch of young actors such as Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and many more celebrities. The movie has taken the number one spot at the box office for quite some time now, slowly making these actors Hollywood’s new it-celebs. “It’s even making some of the shooting locations famous in their own right,” says producer Rich Iott. The founder of Braeburn Entertainment is referring to the abandoned mill town where the heroine of “The Hunger Games” lived which is part of a 72-acre parcel the owner hopes will sell now for $1.4 million. This slum that’s about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte has been for sale for several years, but is now getting so much more attention.

Rich Iott on “The Hunger Games” Phenomenon

Producer Rich Iott says “This is the second movie based on a novel that’s done very well in the past few months, just like ‘The Artist’ that won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.” “The Hunger Games” takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem which includes a wealthy city known as The Capital and 12 poorer districts. As punishment for rebelling against the government, the Capitol initiated the Hunger Games. These Games are a televised event where a boy and a girl from each of the districts are to fight in arena until there’s one remaining winner. “I heard ’The Hunger Games’ set the record for the third best-opening weekend box office sales of any movie with $152.5 million in North America,” Richard says. There are reports that say even archery has become more with plenty of movie fans trying the bow and arrow sport.

As producer of his own entertainment production company, Richard has his own opinion on the movies being produced these days.” The ability to digitally create everything from special effects has somewhat numbed our imagination,” Rich says. The founder of Braeburn Entertainment, also a Drama college major, produced a few of his own successful movies. “Insight,” a thriller which he co-produced with GC Pix, was directed by Richard Gabai, as well as a few co-produced with Glass City Films including “Separation Anxiety” and “Happily After.” Even Rich’s daughter is in the entertainment industry, acting, writing working in movie production services. “Yes, just like some of our other businesses and hobbies, movie-making is another family affair,” says producer Rich.