My name is Michael Federico. I work mainly in the Grip and Electric departments on shorts and features. The MA film tax incentive keeps me doing what I love for a living.
My name is Michael Federico. I work mainly in the Grip and Electric departments on shorts and features. The MA film tax incentive keeps me doing what I love for a living.
My name is Matt. I recently returned to New England with my family to work in the film industry and start a life in the area. The local crews here are among the best I’ve worked with in my thirty years in the business. The craftsmen and technicians who work behind the camera are invaluable assets to their communities. Make the right economic choice and keep the business here.
My name is Peter D’Angelo. In 1984, I got my first job in the film business, producing animated trailers for movie theaters (“And now, our feature presentation,” and the like). After seven years of that, I decided I didn’t want to spend the rest of my working days in a small, dark, windowless room. From 1993 to 2008, I was employed at High Output, New England’s largest grip and lighting rental house; I worked as one of their field technicians in a grip truck with a mounted 1000-amp generator, largely on TV commercials. In 2008, I decided to try the freelance market, after being offered the job as best boy rigging grip on Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which filmed at the Burlington Mall. I have worked on many feature films since, including Surrogates, Grown Ups 1&2, That’s My Boy, RIPD, Edge of Darkness, American Hustle, and the soon-to-be-released The Sea of Trees and Joy, to name just a few.
My name is Dillon Mooney, and I have been working as a grip in the film industry for just under two years. I have lived in Massachusetts all my life and I love it; I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because it is my home and it’s where my family is. I also love what I do. I take great pride in being a grip on set in Massachusetts. The film incentive allows me to do what I love and to do so in the state that I call home.
My name is Fritz, and I have been working in film and TV production since 2004. I grew up in Massachusetts after moving here from the Philippines in 1993. I still live in Massachusetts with my wife.
I have worked in numerous departments, but have focused on working as a grip/lighting technician. I have worked in grip and electric/lighting rental houses around Massachusetts to learn about the craft. I have traveled all over Massachusetts and discovered the wonderful locations that this state offers, thanks to the film and TV jobs that come here. A lot of productions come to this state because of the film tax incentive. There are very talented actors and crew who live in Massachusetts, whom I have been honored to work with.
It would be a pleasure to continue getting jobs in my home state of Massachusetts so I can go back home to my wife at the end of the work day. If I work here, I will spend money here for gas, food, equipment, etc. If the film tax incentive is eliminated, I will be forced to work in other states and will spend less time and money in Massachusetts. Please keep the film tax incentive so the cast and crews who live here don’t have a mass migration out of Massachusetts to other states. #SaveMAFilmJobs
My name is David Rudolph. I live and have been able to work in Chelsea, MA, my home town, on a number of feature films since the film incentives were implemented. I’ve been able to care for my 92-year-old aunt, Angela Panarese, and my 84 -year-old mother, Ida Rudolph, since my livelihood has been made in Massachusetts.
Before the Massachusetts film tax incentives, I had to take up residence in New York City for my income and health benefits.
The Massachusetts film tax incentives are working for me and my community. Since the incentives were implemented, my film industry income has allowed me to rehabilitate and maintain three properties in Chelsea.
The city of Chelsea has benefited through additional police details; paint and lumber supply stores have gained long-term clients as they have showcased their expertise; and social clubs like the Polish Political Club have rented their halls for catering film productions. All this will go away if HB 62 is passed.
My name is Ed Searles. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and have worked in the film industry for more than 40 years. Since the tax incentive was implemented, I’ve been working in the grip department when the feature films come to town. The jobs created by the film incentive are good jobs and are providing livelihoods for many local families.
My name is Darrell Temple. I’ve been in the film business in Massachusetts and a member of IATSE Local 481 for almost 20 years. During that time, our industry has seen some slow times. The early 2000s, when there was no tax incentive in place, was one of those times, so I decided to look into starting a small business that could supplement my income. In 2006, I bought into a pizza franchise and opened a shop in Middleton, MA. I ran it for five years, but for several reasons it was not successful, so I sold it back to the franchisor for a big loss. Fortunately, during that run, the Massachusetts tax incentive went into effect and there were many projects in production. This enabled me to get back into the field that I love and recover from the loss that I took. Without the Massachusetts film tax incentive, I would not be able to provide for my family.
I am just one of thousands of workers and businesses for whom ending the incentive would be detrimental — not only employees of the motion picture industry, but local shops, restaurants, suppliers and all their employees will suffer great losses.
Please support the Massachusetts film tax incentive in any way you can.
My name is Malachi Bibel, and I am a grip in IATSE Local 481. I graduated from Emerson College in 2001 and I’ve worked in the Massachusetts film industry since 2008. I applied for membership in 481 in the summer of 2009, when the city was booming with film and commercial work. I immediately started working as a union grip. I thought I had made it. No more long hours getting paid as a PA on commercials! But talks of capping the film tax incentive put my hopes on hold. 2010 was a difficult year for many in the industry here in Boston. To my knowledge, there were no major films shot in Massachusetts that year. I was forced to take a step back and work as a PA again for most of the year and travel to Rhode Island to work on a low-budget feature film. Just the talk of capping the film tax incentive drove production out of the state. Completely cutting the incentive would just crush the industry in Massachusetts.
I was born in Boston. I finished my film education in Boston. I met and married my wife in Massachusetts. I recently purchased my first home. Although I decided to move to New Hampshire, settling in Salem, most of the work I do is in Massachusetts. I pay income tax to the commonwealth every year. I am not the only one who travels within New England to work in the film industry, mostly working primarily in Massachusetts. Cutting the tax incentive is not just an act that will hurt Massachusetts. I am a New Englander and working class and I know a booming film industry brings money and jobs to a lot of people allowing them to earn a good living wage. We earn and we spend. What is better: the many earning an honest living, paying taxes, and spending their money here OR the many who will have to travel out of New England for work or rely on unemployment benefits because a bill was passed that destroyed their livelihood?
Many opponents talk about why one industry should be favored over another. What these people do not realize is that the film tax incentive is what it is — an incentive. Many states have one, but when those incentives are taken away, so is all the film business. If producers can find a cheaper location to film, they will go there. The tax credit that is given back should not be compared against the working men and women that comprise our amazing Local. I have not been around as long as many of the members that I call mentors and colleagues, but I know that we have grown and I have seen more and more of our talented members get hired in key positions, which means fewer and fewer out-of-town hires. We are respected and we have earned the right to be very proud to be members of Local 481. Keeping the film tax incentive keeps the community strong — ours and the ones we work in.
My name is Robbie Knowles. I have been working in the Massachusetts film business for the past eight years, and don’t see myself ever doing anything other than what I do now. My position in the crew involves a lot of supply purchasing and gear renting, which shows me the direct impact production money has in the community. When we set up for a two-to-four month shoot, I become friends with all the local hardware shops, lumber yards, hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops around. They all express to me the gratitude for our business. This picture was from our night of filming last Saturday in Dorchester.
My name is Ben Heald, and I have been working in the New England film industry since 2007. I was born and raised in New Hampshire, but moved to Massachusetts and joined Local 481 in 2013. I have worked as a grip and electric on movies like Ted 2, and am currently working on an HBO pilot. If projects weren’t constantly choosing Massachusetts over other states, I’d never have a chance to grow within my chosen career.
Over the years, I have personally seen how the film tax incentive has helped my industry grow by bringing in productions that hire hundreds of locals and spend thousands or even millions on local restaurants, lumber yards, car rentals, hotels, and more. My income is solely from working on film, so without the film tax incentive in Massachusetts, I’m afraid I’d have to move to a state with a more competitive incentive program.
I love New England and I love living in Massachusetts. Films and TV shows shot here help generate tourism for our region, and local businesses benefit immensely from both production expenses and the personal purchases of the crews. I hope the film tax incentive will continue so that our industry can grow to rival any other and our community can continue to reap the benefits for years to come.
My name is Luc Richard. I grew up and live in Leominster, MA. I graduated college with a degree in film and television production and, instead of moving out to California or New York, I opted to stay local and work in Massachusetts.
I have now been working in the film industry for the last nine years from location, grip, and electric departments; for the last four years, I have been able support myself working full-time in the Massachusetts film industry, thanks to the tax incentives. Currently, I work for a lighting and grip rental house, and various freelance jobs for films and commercials in the state.
Without the tax incentives, my job would disappear, and I would be forced to find another field or another state to work. Thousands of workers, and many small business, would be affected by this change.
I am Woody Bell, married father of two boys. I work in the grip department and own a grip rental company called Black Flag Grips. I have been in this business for 20 years, and because of the Massachusetts film tax incentive, I have been able to support my family without having to spend long periods of time away from my loved ones.
Since the tax incentive was introduced in 2006, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the country’s most experienced key grips that have come here to film. In the past few years, fewer and fewer key grips have come to Massachusetts because the crew base here has matured to the point of being able to staff positions all the way to the top. This is a direct result of the film tax incentive.
I do not want be be one of those key grips who have to travel to other incentive states. I want to stay home. With my family.
My name is Bill Flanagan. I have worked in the film industry for 25 years. The film tax incentive gave me the financial confidence to buy a house. We bought a pretty little bungalow in Brighton, MA, less than a quarter mile from where I grew up. I spend the majority of my disposable income within one mile of of our house. My financial confidence is shaky right now.
Without the film tax incentive, producers will not come to Massachusetts. The film tax incentive brings money into Massachusetts — money that stays in Massachusetts.
My name is Wally Argo. I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I began working in the film industry in 1978 to support myself while in college. I went to school to become a journalist, but discovered that working on movies, television commercials, documentaries and the like was where I belonged. I have since raised a family here, and both my children have gone to Massachusetts colleges. My 24-year-old son is now working in the business to support himself as he figures out how to navigate a career in the music industry.
I know that eliminating the Massachusetts film and television production incentive at this time would make it virtually impossible for hundreds like me to continue supporting their families here. It would also cause large-scale losses for many other businesses in Massachusetts that have profited greatly from the motion picture industry over the years.
Keep the incentive alive, keep Massachusetts working!
My name is Mike Henry, and I work in the local film and television industry as a grip, dolly grip, best boy grip, and key grip. I have worked in the film business for the past 15 years and have been markedly affected by the film tax incentives (FTI).
Prior to the FTI, I made a meager living working on low-budget independent films, political commercials, music videos, and the occasional Hollywood feature film as I learned my trade. I considered a move to CA or NY in 2006, just because there was more work out of state, and more of a chance to get better opportunities in the film business.
My family lives in the city of Holyoke where I grew up, and the majority of my closest friends are still in Massachusetts. I was born here, went to college at Assumption in Worcester and post-grad at Emerson in Boston. I love Massachusetts, and didn’t want to leave, but I was ready to for my career. Fortunately, the film tax incentive brought a flood of Hollywood productions to the area and allowed me to pursue my career here in Massachusetts, and build a future for myself.
My job has provided me with solid health and dental insurance and retirement benefits, and has enabled me to purchase a home. I live here, work here, pay taxes here, and vote here.
The FTI works! It has allowed the industry to flourish locally, its growth only hindered when rumors of changes to the existing incentive structures scared Hollywood productions from coming here to spend the millions of dollars it takes to make high concept Hollywood movies.
The FTI has created thousands of production jobs and acting opportunities for people of all backgrounds; it’s brought extra income to local businesses, and spawned the creation of many small businesses which cater directly to the industry. That growth will only continue to expand if the FTI is protected.
I am one of the thousands of workers who would be financially shattered if the film tax incentive were to be eliminated, becuase without it, the industry will disappear. Keep me and thousands of others living and working in Massachusetts. Support the film tax incentive!
My name is Scott Beagle, and I’m a taxpayer in Massachusetts. My film work as a grip and prop maker is my bread and butter. I have a family to support. If the film work goes away, so will my taxable income to Massachusetts.
I live in Massachusetts and have worked on films here for the last seven years. I moved to Massachusetts for a degree in film production from Emerson College and liked the state so much I decided to stay.
I work for New England Studios on their grip and electric floor staff fulfilling orders and supporting lighting teams for all levels of film production in Massachusetts. When a production comes in and is about to begin principle photography, they will come to local companies like mine to rent lights and gear. This creates my job and brings money directly into our homes. I love my job and I love working on set when I can.
I rely on the tax incentive to bring large films in to the state. Without it, I would not have my steady fulltime employment through NES or any of the numerous freelance jobs that pop up because of it.
I’m Tony Campenni, film technician, homeowner, and taxpayer in Massachusetts. I am a dolly grip entering my 31st year working in the film industry in Massachusetts. Having been in our industry many years before the film tax incentive was instituted, I have a great appreciation for the profound effect it has had on the growth of our industry. Not only for those directly employed within it, but for all those businesses and individuals who benefit from the considerable commerce generated by it. This
increase in business creates tax REVENUES in addition to what those of us within the film community contribute. This ripple effect can be difficult to quantify, but not impossible. It has been illustrated before the state legislature when then-governor Patrick proposed a cap on the tax credit in 2009. It resulted in a vote decisively defeating the measure.
Gov. Baker is endorsing an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit to help working families, which in and of itself is something I believe most members of the film community here in Massachusetts would support. However, abolishing the film tax incentive to achieve that makes absolutely no sense. It would devastate our industry, thereby hurting working families in a misguided attempt to help working families.
This isn’t about giving a “break” to big-money studio execs and actors (who, incidentally, pay Massachusetts income taxes on earnings here); it’s about continuing a very successful program that has enabled our industry’s ability to infuse dollars into the Massachusetts economy, and helped all those who do business with our industry. Support the Massachusetts film tax incentive; the job you save may be your own.
My name is Alec Roy, and I work in the camera, grip, and electric department in the film and television industry. After college, many people I knew set off for “larger” film hubs, but I wished to remain in Massachusetts, knowing that the opportunities and jobs were growing every year. In my two years of freelancing, I have worked on five feature films and several television shows, and grown a network that can sustain a modest living, all in my home state.
The ambition to grow into a seasoned technician in film is a feasible goal in this state; if the film tax incentive is revoked, it will force me to further my career elsewhere. Please allow me to forge ahead as planned and keep the film tax incentive, so we can all live out our true ambitions, in the home that we love.
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.
My name is David Romano. I am a local best boy grip. I was born and raised in New England.
I moved to Los Angeles in 1993. I have been working in the film industry for over 25 years. In 2006, the death of my father brought me back home to New England to be with my family in a time of mourning. I haven’t needed to leave for work since. I found and married my wife here, and we have a home, a six-year-old son, and a daughter on the way.
The only reason I have been able to stay and live here is because of the film tax incentive. It is the only reason productions choose to film here. If you do away with the incentive, you will also lose the generous amount of revenue it brings into the state. Not to mention, I will not be able to support my family anymore the only way I know how to.
Understanding how broad and deep the film tax incentive runs seems to be an exercise in quantum physics. Like a fractal, it continues to cascade down through the financial waterfall. Trickling down from the studio, to the production, to the local business, to the individual, and settling in the wading pools of our communities. Stimulating the local economy the whole way.
I have been fortunate to have worked as a grip in three different locals on the East Coast, giving me the advantage of perspective. I have seen the ebb and flow of film production tax incentives over the last 16 years. What continues to challenge these incentives is the scope of financial good that remains hidden from view. Through the years, incentives have helped me to gain the financial means to open a community-based coffee shop. Our shop has become an essential part of our town. People meet to talk politics, music, and art, and to ask advice on local restaurants and events.
We have affected lives in so many ways, bringing people together, stimulating new growth in the town, sharing ideas to make our town a destination. We have been open for three years in July. There seems to be an energy of change and new ideas. The recycling committee, of which I am a charter member, is now starting its first composting program. The town is coming alive again. What a great place to live. I’m not taking the credit for single-handedly improving the quality of our lives; I am showing you that this affects us all at a very basic level — ALL of our communities, our families, our lives, and our children.
My name is Alison Barton. I’m a Massachusetts native, college graduate (Emerson ’88), home owner (Chelsea), tax payer, and film production technician. For 24 years, I’ve been making my living as a grip, experiencing the ebb and flow of freelance work here in New England.
Due to the film tax incentives, I have seen an exponential increase in every aspect of our ability to attract movies here to the Bay State. Our film community has risen to and surpassed the challenges of offering a first-class location and experienced crew to producers wanting to shoot here .
We are a vibrant working community, and our hard-earned money supports the respective communities we live in throughout the Commonwealth.
Please consider the exponential damage that eliminating the film tax incentives will do.
My name is Joe Battista, and I am a grip in the Massachusetts film community. I have been living in Massachusetts since 2001 and started working on local film and TV productions in 2008 because of the film tax incentives. Last year, after many years of hard work on local movie sets, I was able to save enough to purchase a home in Milton. I live here, work here, and pay taxes here, and would love to continue doing so. Without the tax incentive, none of this would be possible. The film tax incentives have allowed me to learn a craft and build a life here. Sadly, without the film tax incentives, my job and the jobs of many others will move out of state.
My name is James Woodbury. I’m currently a grip/lighting technician, but I’m pursuing a career as a director of photography and screenwriter. I’ve had a passion for film since age 12, when a teacher introduced it to me for an extracurricular activity. I’ve lived in Massachusetts all my life, and most of my family and friends live in this state. For my short industry experience, I can tell you that all the people I work with are regular people, including me. We’re all hardworking local laborers that have to work long hours and travel all over the state. What happens if we lose the tax incentives? For me, if I have to leave New England, I won’t be seeing my family (and dog) as often. And I would have to go through the long difficult process of rebuilding my network, putting a halt to achieving my dreams and leaving my family behind. But I’m only a young college graduate making his way up. It’s the older generation, especially parents, that I worry for, having to deal with this economic toll.
I have been working on indies for the past seven years, and I started working on full-budget features in 2014. In that time, it’s been easy to see the different businesses supported by our film industry. In a time of my life where I am trying to figure out where I should buy a house, it is sad to imagine the Massachusetts film tax incentives being eliminated, because frankly I like it better here than in NY, where I have family.
My name is Dave Scranton. I have been a grip in IATSE 481 since 2008. After traveling from Vermont to Massachusetts for several years to work, and seeing that the industry was seemingly and steadily growing, I moved to Massachusetts permanently in 2012.
I have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people on local sets, most of whom are local people who, like me, depend on the tax incentives to attract productions here and keep us employed.
Killing the film tax incentives will hurt local, hardworking, good people and local businesses — not Hollywood!
My name is Teresa. I have been in the film industry for ten years. I moved to Massachusetts from New York five years ago for work because of the tax incentive here. I love this city. I got married here. I’m a taxpayer here. My husband and I are looking for a house to buy in Massachusetts. I absolutely love my job, and love being able to work right here in Massachusetts. I travel to New York for work on occasion, and am beyond happy to come back to Massachusetts for the next job. This is my home now.
The thriving film industry that we have in Massachusetts is because of the tax incentive. I have had the honor of working with some of the highest skilled craftsmen here. It’s inspiring to work alongside these people that have worked so hard for everything that they have. They have contributed to building the film industry in Massachusetts to be one that production companies consistently come back to.
Without the film tax incentive, we will lose these connections that we have tirelessly worked for. This has happened in the past. We need to continue to attract this business. The crews on these productions are blue-collar citizens that love this state and have committed to putting roots down here, to raise families and build their lives. This is only possible if we can continue our careers here.
My name is Georgia Pantazopoulos. I was born and raised in Lowell, MA. I was always interested in working behind the camera and had a passion for lighting and cinematography since I was a freshman in high school. I went to film school and I was repeatedly told that if I wanted to work in the film industry, I would have to make the move to NY or LA.
In 2006, during my junior year in college, I had the opportunity to work on a low budget feature film, titled On Broadway, that filmed in the Boston area. It was during that production when I joined the Local 481 union. I have been working continuously on films shot in Massachusetts since.
I work on feature films as a union IATSE member in the grip department. I’m also a freelance camera operator and cinematographer. I work on independent documentaries and corporate videos. I am an aspiring director of photography and I have had the best education on set learning to light by working with some of the best in the industry. I hope to one day DP a feature and employ the talented crews I work with.
We are hardworking working-class citizens and we have production crews who are extremely talented right here in Massachusetts with families and friends here at home. Our craft is our livelihood.
I currently live at home with my mom and my sisters because I am crippled with student debt. If it weren’t for the feature film work here in Massachusetts, I would be forced to leave my family and my friends and move in search of work.
The film tax incentive is what is bringing the work to Massachusetts. If it goes away, so do the jobs of all the local talented folks who depend on it. It will single-handedly send us all into an economic meltdown.
Please Governor Baker, I invite you to visit the set of these productions to see for yourself and meet all the local people working on these features.
My name is Andrew Bell. My family has made a living in the entertainment industry in and around Massachussetts for going on 40 years. My stepmother, Debbie Davies, worked props and wardrobe from the 70s through the 90s. My brother and I have drawn a paycheck from the film business here in New England one way or another since the 80s.
I have seen the ebb and flow of this business in this region and I know that the film tax credit attracts business. As a best boy involved in the rental and purchase of equipment and supplies, I take pride in steering the out of state dollars that film companies bring here to IN-STATE businesses.
My plumber, roofer, painter, mechanic, accountant etc…as well as my wife and children have all realized the benefit of the work that the film tax incentive has brought me. The newspapers make a great deal out of the percentage of this out-of-state money that is used as a tax incentive. How about examining the much greater amount of money that flows into the state and stays here, circulating, growing?
I want to work. Help me keep working, Mr. Baker.
My name is Wilfredo Usuga, aka Willie. I work in the construction department and the grip department. I am a labor foreman, and part of my job is receiving and handling the lumber and materials that we use to build the sets that make the movies happen.
I have seen and unloaded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of materials — materials that come from many different local vendors who rely on our business, who have grown with us, and who feed the local economy.
By eliminating the film tax incentive, the state would negatively affect not only the film industry, but the vendors, the employees, and the families of many, many local people who profit from us.
My family and I depend on these film tax incentives because my work on films is my source of income. Without this income, I will just be another digit to add to the now-high ranks of the unemployed. I can assure you that I would much rather be counted in the working class.
I have been very fortunate to be employed as a project manager for the last 12-plus years by a local lighting equipment rental house, one of the many companies in Massachusetts that relies on the business that the motion picture industry has brought to our great state. Doing away with this tax incentive would financially hurt thousands of hardworking individuals and their families.
My name is Jennifer Nickerson. I have worked as a grip, electric, and occasional set dresser since 1997. This is a picture of me on the set of Zookeeper with Crystal, one the nicest actors I have ever met.
Since the tax incentive came into existence, the increased amount of film production has helped our region pull through some tough economic times. I have seen so many people become able to buy their own homes due to increased employment in the film industry. I have seen our local crew expand to the point where we can staff an onslaught of film production.
Producers have come to respect and value our members because of the quality of work they see on set. People that have worked in the industry since the 80s and 90s can all attest to the fact that the tax incentive has made a huge economic impact. People who might have moved to New York or LA have stayed here instead, paid taxes, bought homes, and otherwise invested in the local economy. Without the tax incentive, film production would significantly decrease and it would send a lot of families into an economic meltdown.
My name is Dawn, and I primarily work as a grip and set dresser. I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to be the best boy grip on a few features. This work has allowed me to get out of debt and actually purchase a home. During this time, I can’t even begin to say how many times I was doing daily runs to buy lumber, tools, office supplies, gas, and numerous other supplies from local vendors. I would also be renting local lifts, cranes, pipe, and grip and staging gear, all supplied by local Massachusetts vendors.
As far as set decorating goes, the local furniture, clothing, decor, thrift, and prop houses that are utilized add up to gigantic money spent right here in town.
In the photo on the right above is me with my son Zachary. The film tax incentive and the productions it has brought to the state allowed me to assist with my son’s college education, and he has now been promoted from assistant editor to editor at Element Productions in Boston. To eliminate the film tax incentive would be to put us out of work and would be a huge financial loss for the businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
My name is Rob Thorp. I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with the dedicated professionals of our local for almost a decade. My primary crafts are grip and electric, and I work as a 3rd rigging electric, set electric, rigging grip, set grip, etc. My yearly income is very much dependent on productions shooting here in Massachusetts. During the last sabre rattling in 2009-2010, I got to see how true that was, when my income during that time became less than 10 percent of what my total income had been for the previous year.
My name is Michael Geoghegan. I live in Jamaica Plain, but I grew up in Mission Hill in the “bad old days” of Charles Stuart and the commonwealth being compared economically to Appalachia (Gov. Dukakis). Yet I’ve never wanted to live anyplace else.
I came to film a bit later than most, starting film school at MassArt at age 25. The whole time I was in college, the question was “New York or LA”? When I’d tell people my plan was to remain in Boston, I’d be dismissed as the “hopeless romantic film kid who never did anything with his education.” I graduated in 2005, right around the time the tax incentive began.
Since that time, I’ve gained entry into the American middle class: I own a car and have been able to support both of my parents as they have sadly become disabled; just yesterday, my wife and I put in an offer on our first home. I’ve been able to do this because of the Massachusetts film tax incentive.
If the tax incentive was to be “phased out,” as Gov. Baker has proposed, I would be personally ruined, and my modest dreams of home ownership and supporting my family would be impossible. I would probably have to move from the state that I dearly love. 100% of zero is still zero.
My name is Mike and I am the face of the Massachusetts film tax incentive.