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Proposed Bill Could Stop Movie-Making In Mobile

Proposed Bill Could Stop Movie-Making In Mobile

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It could mean the end to movie-making here in the Port City.

A proposed bill is waiting to pass in Montgomery, attempting to put a stop to Alabama's film incentives starting in September of 2014.

The man behind the bill is blaming loopholes for the move.

"It's been brought to our attention that there's an apparent loophole in our film incentive tax credit. Since it was brought to our attention late in the session, I introduced this bill to bring awareness to the issue and to hopefully bring all interested parties to the t able to make sure we aren't extending tax credits to any operating costs outside the state," said Senator Del Marsh.

Those who rely on those incentives aren't too happy about the attempt.
"I currently that are slated to come home and I'm trying to put together this will make it hard for even those because somebody's going to look at this and think wow is it shaky. If it's something that could go away nobody wants to have millions of dollars on the line with a project that has no real guarantee that the state's going to be able to stabilize the industry," said Producer Steve Lumpkin of Fairhope.

Lumpkin recently worked on two projects in Baldwin County, one of which is a movie titled 'Somnia'. He's worried that future projects will have to be shot outside of Alabama if those tax credits aren't available.
The Mobile Film Office says they are looking into the proposed bill.
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