By Vicki Mayer
Early within the twenty-first century, Louisiana, one of many poorest states within the usa, redirected hundreds of thousands in tax cash from the general public coffers as a way to develop into the head situation web site globally for the creation of Hollywood motion pictures and tv sequence. Why might lawmakers aid this sort of coverage? Why might electorate settle for the policy’s uncomfortable results on their financial system and culture? Almost Hollywood, approximately New Orleans addresses those questions via a research of the neighborhood and daily stories of the movie financial system in New Orleans, Louisiana—a urban that has two times pursued the objective of changing into a film creation capital. From the silent period to today’s Hollywood South, Vicki Mayer explains that the air of mystery of a movie financial system is inseparable from a triumphing experience of domestic, whilst it alterations that position irrevocably.
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A former Hollywood executive, Kaufman came to head the newly formed arts-and-entertainment wing of the state’s Department of Economic Development. S. film workers and an ardent defender of the film industry. ” Propped up by a low Canadian dollar and a fully refundable tax credit for a percentage of production services, Canada had opened the gateway for Hollywood producers to cut their costs in the late 1990s. By adding a local-labor tax credit, publicly subsidized infrastructure, and cheap transport routes, British Columbia had quickly surpassed other Canadian provinces that historically had more production facilities and crews.
After Hurricane Katrina, the national press pithily predicted that the storm had “washed away” film production in the state. 56 Within a year, the number of film projects in the city surpassed those in the year before the storm. State leaders trumpeted the figure as a sign of an industry that was indefatigable in the city. ”57 Like the zombies on the screen, the schemes to capture land and labor in the name of Hollywood seem ageless, even as their forms mutate. What follows are three chapters that meditate on the strong pull of a film economy and its ability to transform the urban landscape while also mediating a sense of place.
Soon, states and municipalities across the country, many with little or no history of film production, followed suit. S. 46 The way each package worked was unique to the state, reflecting the political deals that each region negotiated to sustain the overall policy. 47 Statewide programs have been further enhanced by county and municipal tax programs aimed to lure locational shooting away from the obvious metro areas. Today, more than thirty-five states still compete in a race to the bottom for a film economy.