My name is Tim Catz, and I’ve been a member of IATSE Local 481 as a grip for more than a decade. The working men and women of the movie industry and the families they provide for are part of a larger community fabric that make Massachusetts a true commonwealth. Each and every production brings much-needed revenue into the towns and neighborhoods in which we work. Food, hotels, coffee, lumber, and much more are purchased from local businesses. As local hires, our union members spend their earnings in the very places we live.
And something that often goes unmentioned is how these locally produced movies contribute to the ever-growing community of artists and innovators in which Massachusetts takes much pride. All of this is made possible with the tax incentive. Without it, our strengths are diminished.