The conversation on the bias and inequality in the entertainment industry has been going on for some time now. In 2015, the movement behind raising the bar for women in film and entertainment has thankfully stretched beyond idol mentions and has consistently boiled up into action beyond words. Tonight’s Moonfaze Feminist Film festival at LA Mother aims to “disrupt the status quo” of homogeneity and patriarchy by dedicating a night solely to outstanding talent in feminist film.
Colorado’s legislators need to get a grip, pun intended.
I’ve attended a number of film festivals here in Colorado over the years, and my question to filmmakers has often been what they think of filmmaking climate in this state. Their answer has always been the same: Colorado needs to step up its tax incentive.
While Colorado is rich with filmmaking talent, but state legislators like Rep. Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) seem ignorant to the potential revenue opportunities that states like New Mexico are enjoying. We’re talking $463 million dollars in just one year.
On Tuesday, March 18, the House Finance Committee shut out House Bill 1355, which would have increased the current tax incentive of 10% to 25% for filmmakers spending at least $250,000.
Even after the Colorado Film Commission pulled out the big guns, bringing in Irvin Kershner, who directed The Empire Strikes Back), John Aston, a Colorado actor and the director of Beverly Hills Cop), plus 15 other business and industry supporters to give some three hours of testimony, it was to no avail.