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Section 181: Will we have Film Incentives for 2016?

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Timing is everything for filmmakers interested in financing, so I thought I’d do a little house cleaning with a couple of blogs about film finance and production. This one is about film incentives and Section 181 of the US code, which is the legislation periodically passed by the US Congress that lets film investors deduct all the costs of a film investment in the same year. It provides HUGE incentives for accredited investors and helps you raise the money you need. This post is intended to give you a comprehensive overview. Each year we live with some uncertainty about whether…

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Trafficking in Albuquerque

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We just got home from Albuquerque (first tourist task: learn how to spell Albuquerque) where we helped Courtney Jones film his story about human trafficking, “Crossed Lines”. Our great friend, a seeming Neversleeps, Nick Ward, brought us in at the last minute and we sat in his living room every evening after shooting and learned what a dust devil and a line producer have in common. Nick is a great guy and if he knows you, and you know what you’re doing, he will HUNT you down and give you work. We are excited about the film because, first of…

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The Filmmaker Who Became a Verb

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At the end of the documentary, “Hearts of Darkness”, about the making of “Apocalypse Now”, Francis Coppola said he hoped that the advent of affordable 8 mm film cameras meant that film making would be taken up by the masses and become an art rather than big business. He specifically said “a little fat girl in Ohio” might become a great filmmaker. Sigh. But that’s okay. I love what he meant. …even though we lack budgets and experience, we indie filmmakers may still know when to Edgar Wright it, David Lynch it, or Catherine Breillat it. I may not exactly…

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