Atlanta: Industry News 4/2/17

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♦ Thanks to state and local tax credits that have attracted a glut of major motion picture productions like Marvel’s Black Panther being filmed in Atlanta, the city has become known as “Hollywood South.” The 41st Annual Atlanta Film Festival (AFF) is of increasing importance to the emerging, local talent sprouting up in Georgia, such as The House of June. Playing a major role in cultivating the Atlanta filmmaking scene is WonderRoot’s Generally Local, Mostly Independent (GLMI) film series, which kicked off the AFF at the 7 Stages theater in Little 5 Points last night.…READ MORE

♦ The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah bursts with southern charm and atmospheric locations. Its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and Bonaventure Cemetery – made famous by the novel and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” – can add instant texture and production value to film and TV shoots. A 10% rebate on qualified spend on top of Georgia’s 20-30% transferable tax credit sweetens the allure… READ MORE

♦ The best-picture Oscar win by “Moonlight,” which was shot on location in Miami, has put Florida film and TV production back in the spotlight, but the news is not all good. With its beaches and warm weather, Florida has attracted high-profile projects over the decades, from the iconic ’80s TV series “Miami Vice” to big-budget actioners like “True Lies.” But ever since the sunset of the state’s tax incentive in 2015, its production business has hit hard times… READ MORE

♦ Although the two cities are thousands of miles apart — an entire continent to be exact — Hollywood’s increasingly regular visits to Cartersville to film movies has the city council searching for ways to capitalize on the notoriety… READ MORE

♦ Seemingly every Georgian knows about the Georgia film and entertainment boom, but perhaps no place in the state is as acutely aware of the impact of Georgia’s film and television industry than Senoia, Georgia, home of The Walking Dead. Senoia—which locals pronounce without the “a” at the end—has become ground zero in Georgia for what the film industry means to the state’s economic development. The area isn’t new to the film industry. Riverwood Studios—now known as Raleigh Studios Atlanta—has been part of the local community since the 1980s, but the city itself never managed to use the occasional movie production to break out of its sleepy town vibe… READ MORE

♦ A new movie starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will film in the Atlanta area in April, Patch has learned. “Bad Boys For Life” will be the third installment of the popular police-buddies franchise, which has grossed more than $200 million. While there are no details yet on specific parts, it’s a given that a casting call will be sent out for local talent… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd

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