May 1, 2013

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Film Orgs Present Night About Local Industry

The film industry in Tennessee is a growing one. More and more major production companies are looking at the state, since its gorgeous scenery, attractive cities and low production costs make it appealing to film here. Movies such as “Water for Elephants” and, most notably and recently, “42,” have funneled millions of dollars into our own city’s economy—which is why the Association for the Future of Film & Television (AFFT) and Film Chattanooga are presenting a night of information, fun and facts.

These two entities are teaming to produce an evening called “The State of the Film Industry in Chattanooga” at EPB headquarters, 10 W. MLK Blvd., on Thursday, May 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“ The event is a ‘positive imagine’ about what film can do for the community and what impact art films can have on it,” said Lisa Stark, the area representative of AFFT.

A retrospective video on films made in Chattanooga will be presented, and invited guests such as the president of AFFT,Juanell Walker, and Mayor Andy Berke, along with other local city and state leaders, will speak about their views on the current state of the film industry in Chattanooga.

Stark commented on a recent tax incentive measure for film in Tennessee: “Keep what’s here, here.

“ It’s vital having a film industry in Chattanooga, because there are a lot of creative people in this city,” Stark said. She said people in the film industry would potentially move here, bringing even more work and business with them.

For more information on the event and the film industry in Chattanooga, visit filmchattanooga.org or affttennessee.org

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