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Say Goodbye to Hollywood? Massachusetts Considers a Cap on Film Tax Credits

By Kerry O’Donnell
Governor Patrick signed the film tax credit law.

In an attempt to present a balanced budget, Massachusetts Governor proposes to cap the film tax incentives that have brought numerous big-budget productions to the state, created jobs and fostered local businesses.

Film Tax Credits Under Fire in the Ocean State

By Karsten Hatch
Michael Corrente, James Woods and Steven Feinberg defend RI's film tax credits at the State House.

In bad economic times, tax credits can be the first things to go, but is Rhode Island giving a fair shot to the film industry?

Industry News - March 2010

By Casey Stirling
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, screening at the Women's Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Locals at the Academy Awards, a bevy of festivals, how Massachusetts can develop a successful future in show business, and a rare opportunity to have your film independently reviewed - news & happenings in the local industry for March 2010.

Industry News - February 2010

By Casey Stirling
On set with The Putt Putt Syndrome.

Help for Haiti, proposed cuts to the state film tax credits, upcoming screenings, and opportunities for filmmakers - news & happenings in the local industry for February 2010. See how you can protest state film tax credits.

To Pay or Not to Pay: The Debate over Casting Fees

By Kerry O’Donnell
A casting call for Lost as shown on Flickr:

When Mullen/Kalivoda Casting (M/K Casting), an established Florida-based company arrived in Boston a few months ago, they never anticipated the mini-firestorm of debate that greeted them. At the center of the debate was a $25 fee that M/K Casting was charging at the open calls they were holding. talks to them and several other casting directors across the country to help gain insight into what actors should look for when registering with a casting company.

Horror in New Hampshire: The Making of YELLOWBRICKROAD

By Maddy Kadish
Cassidy Freeman in YELLOWBRICKROAD.

Writer/director Andy Mitton discusses YELLOWBRICKROAD, a feature horror film en route to Slamdance.

Lights. Camera. New England. An Update on the Studios in the Region

By Kerry O’Donnell
There's more than Plymouth Rock in your own backyard.

Think the studio scene is DOA in New England? Don't pack your bags for Hollywood just yet. Here's a status report on each of the studios planned for the region.

Industry News - January 2010

By Jared M. Gordon
Actor Ryan Reynolds stars in Chris Sparling's Buried at Sundance.

Screenings, festivals, and opportunities for documentary filmmakers - news & happenings in the local industry for January 2010.

Industry News - December 2009

“The Burden” by Mint Films screens on December 5 in Maine.

Holiday parties, one studio project falls flat while another resurrects, and more -- a report of news & happenings in the local industry for December 2009.

The Price of Pleasure

By Beth Brosnan
Filmmaker Liz Canner.

Filmmaker Liz Canner takes on the "strange science of female pleasure" and how the pharmaceutical companies hope to capitalize on it in her documentary, Orgasm, Inc.

A Free Education in Film Rules

By David Pierotti
What's the Best Way for Me to Export That HDV Footage? (Photo by Niels van Kampenhout)

The Learning Lab Series at Rule/Boston Camera Film Rental provides a valuable and free resource for the local filmmaking community.

Documenting a Documentary Resource

By Karsten Hatch
DocumentaryTech Presents Plenty of Resources for the Documentary FIlmmaker in Your Life

DocumentaryTech aims to be a focal point for aspiring documentary filmmakers, both new and seasoned.

Show Me the Money: Where to Find Local Grant Funding

By Maddy Kadish
Times Are Down, But You're Not Out

In a downward economy, grant funding for Massachusetts filmmakers still exist. Dan Blask of the Massachusetts Cultural Council offers some advice.

The Restaurant: Tasty, Talented, and Local

By Kerry O’Donnell
The Cast and Crew of The Restaurant.

Filmmakers Bobby Scali and Ted Sherman unveil their short film featuring the talents of 40 local SAG actors.

Industry News - November 2009

By Alexandria Lima
Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall (Boston College)

Boston College students mark anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, “Killer” film festivals all month long, LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund grants $20,000 to local filmmakers and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for November 2009.

Life Lessons from a Career Production Assistant

By Kevin Mason
A production assistant can save the day too.

Larry Nott - a man whose life goal is to be the best production assistant he can be.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Boston Jewish Film Festival

By Maddy Kadish
Members of the theatre troupe accept applause at the end of their performance in “How To: Be Or Not To Be."

Boston Jewish Film Festival volunteer Maddy Kadish gives an inside-out look at a Boston institution.

Vermont Filmmakers Fight for Tax Incentives

By Kerry O’Donnell
Actor William H. Macy endorses the VTFMC's work.

The Vermont Film and Media Coalition's Dan Mazur fights to lure filmmakers to the Green Mountain State.

Directors and Cinematographers: A Love Story

By Trace Douglas
Who's in charge on the set?  Photo by Brian Lane Winfield Moore:

Massachusetts cinematographer Trace Douglas discusses director/cinematographer relations. Editor Erin Trahan Steps Down to Act as Interim Director of Independent Media Publications

By Erin Trahan

As of October 15th, Erin Trahan will be stepping down as the editor of's monthly magazine in order to serve as the interim executive director of Independent Media Productions (IMP), the nonprofit organization that oversees publication of

Industry News - October 2009

By Alexandria Lima
"Santa: The Facist Years," screens in the Williamstown Film Festival's shorts II program.

State budget woes force Mass Cultural Council to cut programs, Williamstown Film Festival rolls in, calls for entries galore and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for October 2009.

Influx of Studio Pics Forces Actors and Casting Agencies to Grow

By Kerry O’Donnell
Anne Mulhall, of LDI Casting, has expertise in period pieces.

This summer, Grown-Ups, The Fighter, Furry Vengeance, The Town, Zookeeper, and Wichita all set up shop in Massachusetts. With the high demand on casting agencies and actors, how is the system faring?

Industry News - September 2009

By Alexandria Lima
"The Wing" and other films screen online at this month.

The Online New England Film Festival goes live, the Coolidge Corner Theatre brings back Talk Cinema, Images Cinema exhibits animal art for a cause and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for September 2009.

Seen on the Scene at NAMAC

By Erin Trahan
Diana Barton opened Walking City Production Rentals on April 1, 2009.

NAMAC presented opportunities to connect and re-connect -- Erin Trahan reports from the field.

Industry News - August 2009

By Alexandria Lima
A still from a short by Jake Mahaffy, whose work is featured this month at RIIFF.

LEF New England announces grant deadlines, calls for “awesomeness” sound (with a cash reward), RIIFF takes over Rhode Island, and more… the August 2009 report of industry news, festivals and happenings.

Local Legislators on Tax Credits

By Michele Meek

How to contact your local state legislators in New England to emphasize the necessity to maintain or create filmmaking tax credits.

A Man of Many Hats

By Kerry O’Donnell
David J. Garfield acts, writes, and directs from his New England home.

Film professional David J. Garfield is at home on every side of the camera; last month he premiered The Suitcase in Boston.

Diamond from Southie

By David Pierotti
Jay Gianonne hopes to premiere his next project, "Scalpers," in September 2009.

Southie native Jay Giannone breaks out with his first film, the audience award-winning "Diamond in the Rough."

Industry News - July 2009

By Alexandria Lima
Tze Chun (back) picked up a narrative jury prize at Newport International for "Children of Invention."

The beginning of summer means festivals, festivals, and – you guessed it – more festivals; Connecticut and Maine film industries struggle; and more… the July 2009 report of industry news and happenings.

At Long Last: Editor User Groups Combine Forces

By Mike Sullivan
Last month's Boston Avid and FCP user group meeting drew a packed house.

In the first of a two-part series, editor Mike Sullivan investigates how Boston’s Avid and Final Cut Pro user groups find common ground in tumultuous times.