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My name is Felix Giuffrida, and I’m an assistant camera operator who has been working in the Boston area for going on seven years now. My grandparents immigrated here from Italy, my parents were born here, and I was born here. This is the one place I can truly call home. When I graduated college, I was worried that I would need to move to find work. The Massachusetts tax incentive has played a big part in allowing me to stay here and work in the industry that I love so much. I have met some of the most influential people in my life here, and I can’t imagine doing this job anywhere else.

Losing the tax incentive would be detrimental to the local industry. I am one of thousands of individuals that relies on work coming into the state to provide for myself. In turn, the projects also help fund local businesses and vendors, which help this great state that we all love grow.

That being said, the film industry in Massachusetts is itself still growing, and the incentive is a big part of that. It doesn’t make sense to me to take away something that benefits so many hardworking people. Massachusetts is my home, like it is for so many others, and I don’t want to have to leave.

image001My name is Rachel Wiederhoeft, and I work in the camera department on all types of projects from movies and commercials to reality, documentary, and short films.

In 2008, I relocated to Massachusetts from Wisconsin by way of NYC for a full-time job; I transitioned to freelance on-set work about 18 months ago and have since had continuous work. The sheer span of projects that I’ve worked on that have benefited from the film tax incentives is enormous and not exclusive to movies. I regularly work on commercials produced by Massachusetts-based companies.

Additionally, being that I am at the beginning of my career, I am one of those low-income, hardworking Massachusetts residents that Governor Baker references. The financial stability that the film tax incentives offer me is extremely important as I work towards my career goals. I want to stay in Massachusetts, which feels more like home than anywhere else. Making plans for the future, such as marriage, home-buying and so forth, requires the knowledge that I can stay.

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