Hey Local Filmmakers! We Need to Talk.

Though Indywood is currently without a location, we’re still fighting for the sustainability of our local film industry.

As I’ve touched upon in many a previous post, this is a time of tumult and uncertainty for all of us who depend upon a sustainable local film industry.

I have many friends who are angry and confused about the latest changes to Louisiana’s tax credit program.

Many of my friends have lost their jobs, and some people I really respect are threatening to move to Atlanta because of the tax credit spending freeze.

But what is the actually going on with the production cap? Why the freeze? What are our options for re-orienting the conversation and fixing the problem?

Before our bike-in this Friday (screening the Best Short Films from Sundance this year!), Indywood is hosting a conversation with Sherri "Mac" McConnell, one of the authors of HB 829--the bill that disrupted the tax credit program.

Sherri and Rep. Joel Robideaux wrote the bill with noble intentions. They were trying to make the tax credits more helpful to local filmmakers so that they might foster a self-sustaining film industry in Louisiana.

But a lot of things went wrong when the bill hit the Senate floor. To quote from one of my previous posts:

“The original bill would have kept Hollywood production at current levels while creating opportunities for local filmmakers. Instead, we ended up with a law that reflects the frustration of policymakers trying to deal with a fiscal crisis and a misled industry unwilling to compromise.”

Indywood hopes to help clarify this debacle (or at least create a platform for discussion).

It's imperative that we local filmmakers develop a unified voice in order to craft the tax credits to be maximally beneficial in creating a long term, self-sustaining film industry in Louisiana.

The last showdown about the tax credits was doomed by a rhetorical stalemate. It’s time for we local filmmakers to re-craft the narrative in support of long-term growth and sustainability. When the lawmakers meet again to discuss this issue, we need to make our voice heard.

If you’d like to be a part of the grand indie film renaissance of Louisiana, please come join the conversation: Friday, August 14 in the Old Edison Building (614 Gravier). This will be the first conversation of many. We’ll see you there.