My name is Joseph Kearney. I have worked as a construction coordinator in the film business for over 25 years, nationally and internationally. I spent ten of those years in Los Angeles, CA. Due to the tax incentive in Massachusetts, for the past eight years I have been able to return to my home state. I am from a small town in western Massachusetts called Shelburne Falls. Shelburne Falls has been the setting for two feature films, and I saw firsthand how far the film tax incentive reached, touching lives and livelihoods in my community.
I have worked on over 20 feature films in Massachusetts. As a construction coordinator, I am responsible for hiring local crew and buying materials and supplies from local vendors. In my opinion, the financial impact of the film tax incentive on the local economy has been nothing but absolutely positive. I have seen firsthand the families of crew directly benefiting and businesses large and small positively impacted. Additionally, there are opportunities for careers in film that may not otherwise have been possible.
We, the film crew, are hardworking, taxpaying men and women who are able to live and support our local communities as long as the film tax incentive continues. Please support it!