Director's son established North Carolina film biz
Wilmington. Capra Jr. returned as president of the studio, renamed EUE/Screen Gems, when it was bought in 1997 by the Cooney family, and was instrumental in helping Wilmington become one of the largest film production centers east of California. “With his Hollywood pedigree and extensive experience as a producer, Frank was the perfect ambassador to Hollywood,” said Chris Cooney, chief operating officer of EUE/Screen Gems. Films including “28 Days” and “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” shot at the studio, as well as TV series “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill.” Capra Jr. also served as a visiting professor of film studies at the U. of North Carolina at Wilmington. One of director Frank Capra’s three children, he studied at Caltech and graduated from Pomona College. He served in the Army Signal Corps, teaching soldiers combat motion picture photography. He is survived by his wife, Debra; a daughter, Christina; two sons, Frank Capra III and Jonathan Capra, both assistant directors; and a granddaughter. Donations may be made to the Frank Capra, Jr. Film Studies Scholarship Fund, c/o Marla Rice Evans at the U. of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 South College St., Wilmington, NC 28403.
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