The temperature outside is warming up, but the chance of Pittsburgh being on the silver screen again is frozen in Harrisburg.
We received tips left and right (even from readers in Canada!) about the freeze on the state’s Film Production Tax Credit Program. The same program that helped Pittsburgh get Jake Gyllenhaal and Love and Other Drugs to film here. The same program that encouraged The Next Three Days to bring Russell Crowe here… Denzel Washington and Unstoppable, Taylor Lautner, etc.
Hollywood can film anything they want on their own turf. They build sets to look like the midst of the Pacific Ocean or the landscape of the Moon. But the Film Tax Credit Program enticed producers to step outside of their town and travel 2,500 miles to Pittsburgh. Just as the city was starting to earn recognition as “Hollywood of the East,” the chances of retaining that title are being forever eliminated by a few signatures on paper.
Do you love this city as much as you claim? Then prove it. Contact your local officials – the people hired by you – and tell them to keep Hollywood in the Burgh. Help keep Pittsburgh unboring!
Pennsylvania stands to lose five feature films including the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” and a Walden Media Film, if Harrisburg doesn’t end the freeze on the Film Tax Credit.
Five upcoming films that are currently scouting Pittsburgh are in jeopardy because Harrisburg has just put a Freeze on the remaining funds in the PA Film Tax Credit Program, until the state budget is passed next month. Walden media has said that if the Money isn’t released in the next few days they will be going elsewhere. We are hearing that the Batman movie will also leave (Pittsburgh is set to shoot 60 percent of this film here).
Please take a moment to send a message to the Governor and your representatives. Tell them to end the freeze on the PA Film Tax credit. Go to the “Take Action now” bar below and follow the prompts. You will find a letter there that we have prepared to get you started. You may edit the text of the letter if you wish.
Are you too lazy to type an email about this issue?
No worries! The Southwestern PA Filmmakers Studio Mechanics Local 489 has this site with the email all typed up for you and can automatically send the message to the offices of the Governor and State Representatives.
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