Saturday, July 19, 2008

`It's a kick'Tax incentive may make Michigan more attractive to moviemakers, tourists

BY KURT ANTHONY KRUG - Kalamazoo Gazette - Sunday, July 20, 2008

Janet Lockwood and Robert J. Fox agree that the recently passed legislation giving filmmakers a 40 percent tax incentive to make movies in Michigan will have long-term benefits for the state.

``More important than the movie stars -- yes, they're glamorous and sexy -- is the economic impact the film has on the community and, in this case, the state because films are shooting all over. It has a multiplier effect, which can be amazing for a community: They hire local crew, they eat at local restaurants ...'' said Lockwood, director of the Michigan Film Office. ``This'll be good for everyone. It's a kick.

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