The latest in my series on filmmakers with ties to the Carrboro-Chapel Hill market for the Carrboro Citizen.


Chapel Hill filmmaker John Wilson with Bono during a 2005 interview with the U2 frontman for Senator No, Wilson’s documentary about former-Sen. Jesse Helms. Photo courtesy of John Wilson

When John Wilson matriculated at UNC, he was headed toward a career in medicine like his uncle and grandfather. His major was biology.

“But in the summer of 1983, something magical happened that completely changed my life,” says the Chapel Hill filmmaker. “My best friend in high school was Brian Henson, the son of the late Muppet creator Jim Henson. In the summer of ’83, I was with Brian and Jim while they were shooting the second Muppet movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan. Jim kept asking me, as someone not directly involved in the production, what I thought of the footage they were shooting. I had no film experience, but Jim really made me feel like I had something valuable to offer. So I came back to Chapel Hill for my junior year very excited about doing something new." Keep reading here.