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Kentucky Wants a Piece of the Film Pie

Kentucky Two separate pieces talk about Kentucky's desire to play a bigger role in the film industry.

This piece from WTVQ focused mainly on the recent film work in the state. Both "Dreamer" and "Elizabethtown" were recently shot in Kentucky. For "Dreamer," Kentucky was a logical choice because of the states historical connection with horse raising, the central subject of the movie. "Elizabethtown" gave great visibility for the titular town, which is seeking to capitalize on it's fame by catering to tourists.

The second piece from the AP via the Lexington Herald-Leader details more of the economic reality. Film work brings a lot of related money to an area, not all of it is directly apparent. Although flicks shoot on location to reduce set costs, they still do some building and changing. This work tends to be done by locals. The supplies tend to come from locals. If Kentucky wants more of this work they are going to have to offer more incentives for filmmakers to come out. Part of "Dreamer" move to Louisianna to cash in on tax breaks in that state. Now with Louisiana even hungrier for money, Kentucky will have to increase their offerings to compete. -- Terrence Ryan


Posted by on October 17, 2005 8:56 PM
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