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My name is Cris. Less than two years ago, I lost my mother tragically. In my deepest darkness, it was my co-workers who burned a guiding light. The wake had barely begun when a pair of my union brothers came into frame. The following months were filled with the work and camaraderie that I needed to keep myself together. This past Christmas, I was blessed with a baby boy. I have my industry and the community surrounding it to thank for his happiness and health. My ability to provide for my growing family is dependent on the Massachusetts film industry. If my industry dissolves, not only would my family’s income be challenged, but the community that made my family possible would be lost.

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I’m Stefan and I’ve been working in the film and television industry for seven years. I primarily work in set decoration and greens. This industry has changed my life. As a result of the constant work in Massachusetts, I’ve been able to buy a home and become a member of the working middle class, doing a job that I love while working with people who have become family.

I am one of the hundreds of people you see when the trucks come into your neighborhood to film a scene. I’m not from New York or Los Angeles, and neither is just about everyone you see doing the work to make the magic happen. We are your neighbors. We are mothers and fathers supporting our families. We are vendors who have been able to stay open for business and hire more people. We are restaurants and hotels that see business we otherwise never would have. We are carpenters, welders, set dressers, decorators, greensman, riggers, grips, electricians, costumers, background actors, and caterers. The list goes on and on. We are some of the the most soulful and hardworking people you will ever meet. We are an industry of thousands. We are the face of the Massachusetts film tax incentive.

 

11045440_10100674434764615_2919685809897810398_nMy name is Benjamin Regan, and I have been working on films since 2006. I have worked as a carpenter, welder, prop maker, greensperson, and set dresser. The Massachusetts film industry has provided me with a career and hopefully a future as a studio shop mechanic. Before joining IATSE Local 481, I was a typical construction worker, struggling to pay rent and living from paycheck to paycheck. This job has presented me with countless opportunities and a fair living wage.

In my nine years as a member of Local 481, I have seen firsthand the effect of the film tax incentive and the direct impact it has on our industry. In 2009, I made the most money I had ever made in a year.  In 2010, however, following Gov. Deval Patrick’s mere proposal to cap the tax incentives, I and many of my union brothers and sisters struggled on unemployment or were forced to work outside of the film industry to make ends meet. Legislators don’t often understand the ripple effects of their actions. Make no mistake, producers only bring films to Massachusetts for the tax breaks. Take Vancouver as an example: there used to be a booming film industry there, but when their government revoked the tax credit, the film industry dried up. It is basic economics: the incentive brings money from wealthy investors/producers to this state; without the incentive, they would simply spend their money elsewhere.

Supporting the film tax incentive directly supports working-class families all around Massachusetts. Without the incentives, there would be no film industry in Massachusetts. Without the incentives, most of my coworkers would be unemployed and in need of state assistance. I would like to urge Governor Baker and his fellow legislators to continue to support the local people making a living in the Massachusetts film industry.  FILMS = JOBS

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My name is Robert Valley. My crafts include construction, grip, and now greensman (placing and caring for the live and replica vegetation on the set). My family and I thrive only because of the tax incentive. This is the career I love and wouldn’t want to start over.

I shop, eat, and live in the community where we shoot, as do my co workers. We all pay Massachusetts state taxes. Eliminating the film tax incentive would not be wise.

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