“This is not about saving Hollywood. This is about saving Michigan.”
~ Mitch Albom
Read on for a report on last night’s Town Hall meeting but we definitely want to start off by featuring High Five for Film Incentives. Deep Blue Pictures takes a road trip to hear from some of the people and businesses who are benefitting from the incentive. When you hear numbers like 200 jobs at one company and 6,000 room nights at one hotel, you have to take note. Tip: Stick around for the closing song. Amazing work!
The Detroit Free Press has a report on last night’s overflowing Michigan Film Town Hall Meeting:
More than a thousand strong, members of Michigan’s movie industry came together Thursday evening in a dramatic show of unity, gearing up for a massive lobbying campaign in Lansing to save their livelihoods.
…”We spawned the growth of a new industry in Michigan that might be 1/20th or 1/10th of the 21st-Century economy,” said Andy Meisner, treasurer of Oakland County, who helped create the tax breaks. “Can you put a price on bringing young people back to Michigan?”
(and from the other side of the argument)
Though the industry has generated $649 million in spending in Michigan since April 2008, John Nixon, Snyder’s budget director, has said the incentives are too much of a drain for a state facing a $1.8-billion budget deficit. Since the program began in April 2008, Michigan has approved $304 million in tax credits for 202 productions, paying out $96 million so far.
The Detroit News has a report as well. On the video front, America Jr was on the scene and has some videos from including Jeff Daniels & Mitch Albom addressing the crowd and some interviews with attendees. There’s lots more at absolutemichigan.com/Film!
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