Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Republicans hate filmmakers!

Alot of noise has been made over President Obama's stimulus bill, particularly on the Republican side. Today, Capitol Hill's GOP members released a list of what they considered "wasteful spending". Included on the "wasteful" list was this:

A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers
to buy motion picture film.

The kicker is that many of these Republicans probably watch movies and they love tax breaks. We all know filmmaking is expensive. Probably the most expensive portion of filmmaking is the film stock or media used to shoot the film on. The tax break will probably help out the studios more than the indie houses, but indie filmmakers could benefit immensely from this tax break.

However, the average American probably doesn't understand the importance of affordable filmmaking, and how it relates to the American economic flow. That is until all of their favorite movies and television shows are gone. We all remember the average American's gripe during the writers' strike. Sorry, Charlie, but you may never see what happened on next week's Lost.

Not to mention: the Film Industry is America's most lucrative export, and it employs thousands of Americans. But the Industry is sinking because of the strikes and the economy. Strap on for the ride, folks.

Happy Filmmaking!

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