Christina Torres 
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Re: “Out of the Picture

The subject of tax incentives in general is indeed tricky, and I understand that the state has a myriad of constituents to answer to when it comes to expanding our incentives program, but fairness with the funds that we do have is another thing entirely. No city should be denied the opportunity to grow creative industries while others go fully funded. Still, the fact remains that despite the hard work that Linn Sitler, Craig Brewer, the Mayor, and even Erik Jambor do for us, we're forced to work within a flawed system that has innumerable hurdles. That said, I think we have to ask ourselves how we can work around it - how we can be successful in spite of the obstacles? I mean, that's what we do in Memphis, right? So many great indie movies are made here, and Memphis is notoriously supportive of its own. Can we take the steps necessary to create a national indie-haven for budding filmmakers? Is it possible to grow an industry from within by developing our filmmakers, supporting them with infrastructure and resources, providing them with opportunities for distribution, and allowing them to catch the industry's attention? Can we see a brand of something akin to the "Sundance of the South" in our future? This may be optimistic or even impossible, but I think that in many ways we've already got the ball rolling (i.e. Indie Memphis Film Festival's Hometowners category; Craig Brewer's success). Should we stop fighting the incentives fight? Absolutely not. But we can actively look for innovative alternatives in the event that the state continues to leave Memphis out of the incentives equation.

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Posted by Christina Torres on 07/25/2013 at 1:36 PM
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