Atlanta: Industry News 4/24/17

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Taraji P. Henson

♦ Actress Taraji P. Henson, seen weekly on the TV series Empire, and recently in the award-winning motion picture Hidden Figures, filmed in Georgia, will be returning to Atlanta to film another movie starting next month. According to Deadline, Henson will star in The Best of Enemies, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book by the same name which chronicles the true story of Ann Atwater and C.P. Elli… READ MORE

♦ The African American Film Critics Association will recognize the film legacy of Prince with a series of special screenings and panel discussions in several U.S. cities, including Atlanta. “Prince was one of the few black musicians who enjoyed success in cinema,” said AAFCA President Gil Robertson. “His aptitude as a visual artist was stunning and continues to be influential today… READ MORE

♦ Georgia College students are hoping to get their feet in the door of the film industry thanks to a partnership between the school and the recently formed Georgia Film Academy. With the fairly recent boom of movie and television productions filmed at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, there was a big need for qualified workers. The University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia came together to form the Georgia Film Academy in order to educate a workforce for the burgeoning southeast film industry… READ MORE

♦ Georgia’s burgeoning place in the television and movie industry continues to draw attention from around the country. And with the recently passed tax credits for post-production work, that allure might be about to intensify. As widely reported by the state and various movie-watching publications, there were 245 film and TV projects in Georgia from mid-2015-2016 with $2.02 billion spent on production and a total of $7.02 billion in economic impact, according to the Ga. Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office… READ MORE

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

♦ ‘The Fate of the Furious’ is the current king of the box office. Filmed in Atlanta, the movie has already hauled in more than $100 million. It’s the latest in a long line of cinematic gold produced in metro Atlanta. On Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed touted that success and made a bold prediction… READ MORE

♦ Speaking to reporters Monday at a Marvel Studios tour, the brand’s president Kevin Feige said: “We all work here [in California]. We’d love to make movies here. We made a handful of the early movies here, we hope to make some [here].” But he said the state’s film incentives are “a big part” of why Marvel’s shoots aren’t planted in the Golden State. “If you ask any business person, they would say that’s the biggest part of it,” he added… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd

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