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Today's rally encourages film incentives

"We are not asking for the sun and moon. We're asking to save an industry that is worth saving."

— Jan Austin, Executive Director of the Association for the Future of Film & Television, quoted in this article by John Beifuss in The Commercial Appeal today.

The story - headlined "Rally turns spotlight on Tennessee film allure" - talks about today's rally in Nashville to support film incentives that would bring Hollywood productions to the state and boost economic development.

The story quotes costume designer Meriwether Nichols, a Memphian who has moved to New Mexico where there's more work for industry professionals. "As much as I would prefer to be in Memphis, my prospects are much better here," she says.

The rally is being held on the Capitol steps in Nashville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's in support of the Entertainment Industry Investment Act, an incentives bill that would strengthen the state's ability to compete for film projects.

For more info, see Beifuss' story here and the AFFT site here.

Also, here's a news report from WSMV-TV in Nashville on incentives, which includes this interesting item: "According to statistics from the state film commission, every dollar spent on incentives generates four dollars to the local economy."

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