"We are not asking for the sun and moon. We're asking to save an industry that is worth saving."
— Jan Austin, Executive Director of the Association for the Future of Film & Television, quoted in this article by John Beifuss in The Commercial Appeal today.
The story - headlined "Rally turns spotlight on Tennessee film allure" - talks about today's rally in Nashville to support film incentives that would bring Hollywood productions to the state and boost economic development.
The story quotes costume designer Meriwether Nichols, a Memphian who has moved to New Mexico where there's more work for industry professionals. "As much as I would prefer to be in Memphis, my prospects are much better here," she says.
The rally is being held on the Capitol steps in Nashville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's in support of the Entertainment Industry Investment Act, an incentives bill that would strengthen the state's ability to compete for film projects.
Also, here's a news report from WSMV-TV in Nashville on incentives, which includes this interesting item: "According to statistics from the state film commission, every dollar spent on incentives generates four dollars to the local economy."