Minnesota is trying to go Hollywood again

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 24, 2012 - 8:49 AM

After a long slump in Minnesota movie production, industry boosters will push for incentive money.

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onelesscarDec. 23, 12 8:54 AM

hmmm...I'm still not sure taxes actually cause film companies to choose one location after another. I thought there are studies that show higher taxes do not influence how/where/if companies spend money.

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rvjesseDec. 23, 12 9:28 AM

Dillinger, violence, guns. And we want that filmed here?

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rkn55811Dec. 23, 1210:10 AM

How about a sequel..."Most Grumpiest Old Men"?

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lee1785Dec. 23, 1211:12 AM

To rvjesse: Yes you do! Just cause of Newtown doesn't mean we all have to jump on that bandwagon. It's a movie....entertainment, and brings in money to the state. Best Buy, Target, and 3M can't be the only ones bringing in production to MN, and that's only commercials. Concentrate more on watching the video games they play instead of films that are made for adults and you let your kids watch them. I know Public Enemies was rated R. That for a reason. IT's not for kids, unlike Xbox 360, Playstation, and whatever substitute babysitters you people are using, which have even more of an effect on our kids, because they are the character out killing on those screens. I'm just saying. I shoot both film, and guns, and never have I ever confused make believe and reality. And to RKN55811: The two main actors are dead. Kinda hard to make a legit sequel with out them...maybe a straight to video release, but have you ever really seen one of this..they are bad.

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pustule2Dec. 23, 1211:37 AM

I thought the Vikings had all our politicians and our state funds sewn up tightly in a little bag; here it turns out they have competition. I've been through Detroit very recently, and I can certainly understand Minnesota wanting to emulate that, just as they did with the stadium deal. Boards on windows is darn good insulation.

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birdpeepDec. 23, 1212:42 PM

I believe "A Simple Plan" with William Thorton, William Paxton, and Bridget Fonda was also filmed in Minnesota, as was "Drop Dead Gorgeous" with Kirstie Alley, and they also were enticed by rebates and incentives.

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logician88Dec. 23, 12 2:13 PM

Clearly these productions will not come here without these incentives, and the budgeted money only gets spent if the production actually comes here. But the problem is that it is unfair to other industries. Why should film productions get tax breaks that other industries don't get to do business here? The REAL problem that needs to be fixed is that governments have to be banned from giving these kinds of incentives to compete with other governments. The net effect to the whole country is that taxpayers lose and productions get by on the cheap. It is a zero-sum game. Taxpayers should not give subsidies to non-essential industries like film production.

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mnmaggiemnDec. 23, 12 4:26 PM

Its competition thats all it is, should we be bribing the movie industry, no but the less they end up paying the more they make and I am sure we all can relate to wanting a bigger paycheck?

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sally1725Dec. 25, 12 9:12 AM

We used to have 5000 workers in Minnesota, and 11,000 film shoot days in 1995. Because the other states have been competing for these good jobs, we have lost all the revenue and jobs from our film industry. You can complain about the 25 million it would take to start attracting the industry back to Minnesota if you want to, but you are overlooking the 200 million dollars of payroll and spending that we have lost every year since incentives began. Minnesota comes across as non competitive and unfriendly to business, so they stay away. Everyone's taxes will go down if we bring new money into the state. We are very shortsighted in our state in this way.

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