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1. CORRESPONDENCE: Please write letters, emails and call your State Congresspeople and Senators before they vote on the proposed budget. Let them know you are not in support of eliminating the MA Film Tax Credit. Tell them you support the hard working blue collar and middle class families and small business owners in Massachusetts who make their living from the film industry.

Find your specific state legislators here: https://malegislature.gov/People/Search

Click here to quickly and easily email your representative simply by entering your zip code.

Mailing Addresses & Phone Numbers:

Governor Baker
MA State House
Rm. 280
Boston, MA 02133
( 617 ) 725-4005
( 888 ) 870-7770 In state
Fx: ( 617 ) 727-9725
TTY: ( 617 ) 727- 3666

Brian Dempsey, Chair of House Ways and Means
State House
Room 243
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2990
Fax: 617-722-2215
Email: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov

Karen Spilka, Chair of Senate Ways and Means
State House
Room 212
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1640
Fax: 617-722-1077
Email: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov

2. Are you someone who relies on the film business in MA for your livelihood? Would you like to submit a bio? Please submit here or email savemafilmjobs@gmail.com today.

 

  • Darlene Sweeney - n November, then-Governor Deval Patrick cut nearly 19 million dollars in money for busing in regional school districts, to help close a budget gap. A move that directly effected my daughter’s school. The superintendent sent a letter to Gov. Patrick, telling him of his “dissatisfaction”.
    In February, Jennifer Lawrence and the production of “Joy” found their way her school and paid them for the use of their facility for catering and parking. As have other film crews in the past. Granted this did not make up for the deficit of about $100,000.00 but it was more than our government was offering.
    We talk a lot about the run off from the film industry, the jobs it creates, the money it pours into the area, tourism, etc. I think this could not be a more perfect example of how the FILM TAX CREDIT directly effected the TAXES of several communities in a positive way. Adding dollar for dollar, not a percentage.ReplyCancel

  • Ron Young - My name is Ron Young, I am an Actor / Carpenter / Musician. I need to be a good provider for my family. Loosing
    any one of my trades would make it hard to get by in Massachusetts. We need to keep the film business alive !ReplyCancel

  • Brett Ainslie - I am a Production Sound Engineer who grew up and started my career in Massachusetts. I started my career 5 years ago in 2010 when the tax credits were choppy in MA and found it too difficult to find legitimate paying work in MA. So, I moved to CT where they had one of the country’s most appealing film tax credits. I spent the next 3 or so years there working as a full time freelance Sound Engineer helping bring quality productions, jobs, income and appeal to the state of CT. Then CT suddenly lost their FTC and I was forced to commute into NYC for almost a year until I moved out of CT following another state with the tax credit. Even though I now live in NY, I fully support the tax credits being in place in MA and hope for the sake of my film friends out there, and the state’s income that it will stay. After all, a great deal of money and infrastructure has been put into furthering the Film and TV industry in MA and to take away the tax credit is to put many people, families and businesses way behind in terms of funds and time.

    Thank You,
    Brett Ainslie
    Production Sound MixerReplyCancel

  • John LiBassi - Please do not cut the tax credit for films shot in Massachusetts. It would directly and negatively affect our well being and that of our children.ReplyCancel

  • Zele Avradopoulos - My name is Zele Avradopoulos and I’m a local actress. Have worked in the ‘biz’ since 2005. I’ve been in feature films, indie films, commercials, film shorts, corporate videos and student films. I got my first feature film role here in MA. I’ve supported local MA businesses and artists by taking classes, private coaching and workshops here in MA every year for the last 10 years. I’ve supported local restaurants and grocery stores, bought gas, paid lodging, paid for clothing for certain gigs, paid parking in different cities throughout MA for the different gigs I’ve booked. I’ve had my headshots taken twice here by a local photographers. That is how the tax film credit has helped local businesses and I. None of this would have happened without the MA tax film credit, at least not the same number of projects or opportunities. I love Boston. I love Massachusetts. I don’t want to leave, but may have to.ReplyCancel

  • Bill Porter - Hi! My name is Bill Porter.. I am a Honorable disabled Veteran of the “Massachusetts” Army National Guard, AND the US Army..
    I’m also a Sag/Aftra Union Film,and stage Actor/independent producer, born and raised in So. Boston.. I originally started my film and stage career in Los Angeles,and just returned home to Boston after studying and working for 9 years in Hollywood Ca.
    I am currently in the process of purchasing a home here in the state of Massachusetts ,also with the hopes of working in the local New England Film, and Theater industry,and to most likely start a small business/acting school while attaching the
    “Disabled Veterans Small Business Alliance” with the intent to create jobs,and after school programs for kids in the Arts, while most recently teaching a few classes on film and stage acting at Medford High school.. If the tax incentive does not continue here in New England I would be forced to relocate back to Los Angeles where the incentive is currently being reinstated for great reasons. This would be very upsetting due to the fact that my immediate family is all born and raised here in Boston, and after so many years of serving the state of Massachusetts and our country domestically and abroad, I would love nothing more than to be working here at home in the film and theater industry, providing for my family and the artistic community of Boston Massachusetts..
    Kind Regards
    Bill Porter
    http://www.imdb.me/billporterReplyCancel

  • Alison Wachtler - My name is Alison Wachtler ( married name Braunstein) and I have worked as a professonal union actress for over 30 years in Massachusetts.I am also the mother of two adolescents.
    Its an extremely difficult line of business to work in consistently in Massachusetts. The tax incentive is more than a lifeline to the film community, it is almost all we have to stay employed.
    There are so many students graduating from Emerson, BU and film programs all over the state who want to be able to stay in Massachusetts to work. Its a growing and popular business that can flourish here, but we need a lifeline to the rest of the industry in the country. We need to bring them in with this incentive..
    I have served as a board member on the Massachusetts Council for the Arts, t headed up the Creative Arts Council for the public schools, and I have sat in on several SAG AFTRA board meetings. I have seen first hand how many grants are requested for artists to even perform for close to no salary in this state. It is so important to help people who chose this profession to make a living , in front of and behind the camera.
    The only substantial money that comes into this buisness is from these out of state companies that can film and use the facilities and talent in Massachusetts.
    To lose this income would be devastating to the community and in turn the state.
    It is far too important to the state of Massachusetts to lose this tax incentive: it would be the end of countless jobs , and it would defeat any hopes or possibility for new opportunites.
    Sincerely, Alison WachtlerReplyCancel

  • Peter M. Starkman - I have been providing catering to the motion picture industry for about 28 years and having started my own catering company,Final Cut Catering 5 years ago, I can unequivocally state that tax incentives are vital for feeding small businesses in tax rebatable states. I began my company while living in California and was repeatedly getting calls for work outside the state, primarily in states offering healthy tax incentives.
    Georgia, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Massachusetts have been the location of my previous 6 movies which subsequently led me to move out of southern California.
    I insist on doing business with small local vendors,typically stay at local extended stay hotels with my team which normally involves at least 5 rooms.I shop at local markets and typically rent a vehicle or 2 for my team to travel with. The thought that a tax incentive doesn’t stimulate business locally and to the small independent operator is absurd. I would vehemently argue that keeping tax incentives in place is crucial to keeping small local businesses thriving especially during slower periods of the year. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Howcroft - Hello,

    I am a NE actor who has done a ton of work in MA, and still does.

    Therefore, I pay taxes into MA even though I no longer reside there. Moreover, I spend money in MA connected to my acting business, and, of course, see all of my colleagues doing the same.

    We NEED to keep this tax credit! Moreover, the example set in MA will help surrounding NE states to get their production tax credits passed as well.

    Thanks,

    Tiffany HowcroftReplyCancel

  • Kadian Clarke - Loosing the tax incentives not only will put Actors who travel from New York, California, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire etc to work. It will affect millions of others that work in video production, production assistants, food services, wardrobe, and makeup. There are millions of people involved in productions of television and movies that are made right here in Massachusetts. There have been so many successful movies made right HERE in Massachusetts. The number of movies continues to increase each year. Please consider the millions of people who will be out of work. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Nassal - Show biz – Unlike other industries, sometimes they can’t just hire a cheaper Gen Y’er. Stand up for older workers’ rights!!! Support the film industry!ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Barnello - My name is Kevin Barnello. I have worked in the film industry in Massachusetts since 2008 when the fertile ground created by the tax credit began showing results. After losing my home in Brighton, it was this opportunity that enabled me to keep my current home in Roslindale. There are countless others whose stories parallel mine. I have witnessed hundreds of Massachusetts businesses glow with appreciation from the added revenue movie productions provide. We should consider these manufacturers, distributors, service technicians, local proprietors among others who immediately recognize this. It would be prudent to consider the nearly 10 year investment Massachusetts has made, and the value this investment yields.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette Noyes - I feared the new governor (Baker) would be proactive in the loss of jobs for some of Massachusetts most talented citizens. Films from the Boston and New England area are treasuerd vignettes of our unique cultural landscape. I hope Governor Baker gains some insight before he destroys our creative industry.ReplyCancel

  • Nicholas Bellofatto - My name is Nick Bellofatto.And beginning in August of last year I was able to properly support my Wife and daughter because of a call I got from IATSE Local 481. I now build sets for films being made in this state.If the tax credit that encourages movie companies to film here disappears I fear the work will shrink up. I hope and pray that sanity prevails at the state level. I hope the proposal to deny this tax credit does not come to fruition. Not only will my family and many others in this state suffer ( your constituents) but many other businesses that benefit from the influx of films being made here will also suffer. I hope the notion of dropping this tax credit is dissolved. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Bill Mootos - My name is Bill Mootos, and I am a professional actor and member of SAG-AFTRA, and a resident of Boston since 1997. The Film Tax Credit has had an incredible impact on my life as an actor here in Massachusetts. Before 2006 there was very little film work in the state; once the tax credit was implemented, production in this region boomed, and an industry was born. I make my living as an actor, and the FTC has made all the difference in the work that I do. We lose many talented artists, designers, actors, and crew to other cities where film is more prevalent, but with the FTC in place those of us who otherwise might be lured elsewhere have made the decision to plant roots in Massachusetts and help the film industry grow.

    I have had the benefit of working on multiple feature films, commercials and television shows as a result of the film incentive, and it has helped me (and countless others) to make my living here as opposed to somewhere else. I depend on my income from this work to pay my mortgage, earn my health insurance, and put food on the table. Thousands of Massachusetts workers depend on this credit, and our earnings help the state while also keeping us here to make our homes and raise our families.

    The benefit to keeping our industry strong in Massachusetts goes far beyond the press reporting celebrities spotted around town. The economic impact is felt by the thousands who are put to work every year thanks to the FTC, and by the many local businesses where those earnings are spent.ReplyCancel

  • Carol David - I have worked at an event production company since 2002, and been a Massachusetts resident all my life. This tax incentive has increased film production in Massachusetts significantly since this was enacted. This increased employment and wages, which turned around the economy. If this incentive is put to an end, it will force filmmakers to search out other nearby states to film their productions that have the tax incentive. This will only increase unemployment, as well as decrease the amount Massachusetts is making on payroll taxes. The economic impact would be disastrous!ReplyCancel

  • Scott MacDonald - SCOTT MACDONALD. I am a teacher and writer-on-film, not a filmmaker; but I know that the community of filmmakers working in Boston, in Cambridge, and across Massachusetts has evolved into a community that has energized independent film-making nationwide. You can get some sense of this from my recent book, “American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn,” though the book only touches the surface of a remarkable and vibrant State-wide community of makers. It would be, to say the least, penny-wise and pound-foolish were Massachusetts to eliminate the tax credit. Massachusetts is the fountainhead of American documentary filmmaking and plays an important role across the spectrum of film production.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Makepeace - The Massachusetts Tax Credit was key in enabling me to finish my documentary We Still Live Here. It’s an important opportunity for everyone in the film world, including those who work in documentary. Please keep the Massachusetts Tax Incentive alive!ReplyCancel

  • Terry Reddick - Please don’t let this happen. I don’t want to lose my daughter and Son (in-law) to California. This is how my Son makes his living. He’s really good at what he does. He’s worked on almost every big movie shot in Boston in the past 10 years. PLEASE help him.

    Thank you, Terry ReddickReplyCancel

  • Deirdre Cullen McCarthy - My husband has worked in Massachusetts film for over 25 years. We also operate a large prop-house, which is supported by film. I am an interior designer and a few years ago lost my job, because of the recession. My husband was able to support us through this hard time. We worked hard to get back on our feet and because of my husband’s work in the film industry, I now own and operate a small design business and retail establishment in Needham. Without the film industry I would not have followed my dreams in becoming a small business owner (what America was built from). I also rent to the film industry (what kept my business afloat all winter). Our whole lives are tied up in this industry. If it goes away, so will our businesses. We are hard working middle class people trying to support ourselves (shelter, food, health insurance). We have paid our taxes and have never relied on government aid. If this happens we will loose everything we have worked our whole lives to build. Taking from hard working middle class and small local businesses is NOT the answer! The domino effect of loosing the tax incentive will be devastating to our community….ReplyCancel

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