Archive for category Massachusetts

Why attracting filmmakers to Maine comes at a steep cost

By The BDN Editorial Board “Tumbledown” is a film about a Maine widow that’s set in Maine and produced by Maine filmmakers. It sounds like the ideal feature film to be shot and produced in Maine. Instead, Concord, Massachusetts, is the film’s stand-in for Farmington. Webb Lake in nearby Weld is played by Lost Lake of Groton, […]

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Film tax credits no longer getting glowing reviews

By David ScharfenbergGLOBE STAFF The Massachusetts film tax credit has created hundreds of jobs and helped finance a string of hit movies, from “Moneyball,” the true-life story of a data-driven baseball executive, to “Ted,” a raunchy comedy about a man and his teddy bear. So Governor Charlie Baker raised some eyebrows a few weeks back […]

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Film tax credit is a flop

By Thomas FarragherGLOBE COLUMNIST The gravitational pull of the stars is surprisingly magnetic, strongly intoxicating. Faster than you can say Jennifer Lawrence, serious-minded people get all rubber-legged. I’ve seen it up close. When big-name Hollywood actors make the occasional visit to the Globe, reporters capable of putting the toughest of questions to the most powerful of […]

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Good riddance to the Mass. film tax credit

JOAN VENNOCHI WHAT? NO more Jennifer Lawrence sightings? If the film tax credit is eliminated, as Governor Charlie Baker proposes, Boston might just have to settle for its old definition of celebrity. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Former Congressman Bill Delahunt and George Regan at the PR guru’s annual Christmas soiree. Boston can still count on Tom […]

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Time to say ‘cut’ to film industry

Remember when Robert Downey Jr. filmed a movie at the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home in Attleboro? Fans mobbed around the “Iron Man” actor, seeking autographs and a photo with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars? And remember when the Benny’s store in Mansfield was converted to a movie set with A-list celebrities Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin […]

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What’s Wrong With Film Industry Tax Incentives? They Don’t Work.

Commentary By Sara Morrison Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement that he wants to end Massachusetts’ costly tax credit program for the film industry was met with disappointment by those who enjoy seeing Jennifer Lawrence strolling around the Prudential Center mall or hope to find fame as an extra. But data from the state’s own report on those incentives suggest that these tax credits […]

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Gov. Baker Proposes Eliminating Film Tax Credit

By ANDREA SHEA Gov. Charlie Baker’s first budget includes a proposal to double the state’s earned income tax credit for low-income working families. To pay for it, he wants to phase out the state’s controversial film tax credit. The tax incentive was enacted in 2006 to attract big-budget Hollywood productions to Massachusetts. We’ve since seen a parade […]

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