Thank you for posting the only good news of the day!
Seriously, at $15mm per year we're still on the lower end of state film incentives, but it's better than the paltry $3.5mm we've had to live with for more than a decade.
If the pandemic has taught us one thing it's that creative content is crucial to maintaining some semblance of connection to each other when isolation becomes the norm. Now that we're finally starting to see the light at the end of THAT tunnel, it's well past time to acknowledge that creatives are not only necessary, but vital to our cultural, psychological and emotional well-being. Stories are meant to be shared, and now we finally have some leverage to tell OUR stories OUR way.
I look forward to seeing films and television programs set in Seattle or Washington State actually filmed here instead of in Vancouver, Portland, or wherever, and to arresting the drain of talent, crew, writers, directors, and other creatives from the region.
Good news, indeed @1!
Aren't these subsidies a race to the bottom, with states just upping the ante? I really don't understand the logic of providing subsidies to a for profit business that has A list stars making outsized paychecks. Sort of like why do we and other cities pay for stadiums for high earning team owners and multi-millionaire players.
And the irony of the Stranger going to bat for this. Yes I know that many in the industry work from job to job and are not highly paid, but This is a for-profit endeavor and as such, shouldn't they be able to make it on their own?
Yes, they should, just like giant corporations shouldn't need tax breaks either. But once locations decided to provide them in order to lure companies to them, the Pandora's box was opened. Now if we want to be included we have to play the game. And if played right, this money should be an investment that returns more over time. But that's a big if. It certainly doesn't ways work with sports.
I am so grateful for all of the support of our State Film Industry, and that with this increase, the door will be a little wider, with our training wheels finally off.
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