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Luring film makers to Tuolumne County remains a priority for the Tuolumne County Film Commission.

Jerry Day, Film Commissioner, was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Tuolumne County was once a hotbed for western films, but recently had been at a competitive disadvantage because neighboring states and countries like Canada were offering tax incentives to lure productions.

Things changed a couple of years ago when then Governor Schwarzenegger signed a state budget that included incentives as part of an economic stimulus provision.

A 20 percent tax credit was made available for California feature films with a budget between $1 million – $75 million, “movies of the week” or miniseries with a $500,000 minimum budget, and new television shows licensed for distribution that have a budget greater than $1 million.

“We typically average around one production a month,” said Day. “These productions include independent films, car commericials, music videos, reality television and a lot of international television coverage.”

Day discussed recent filming inside of the old Tuolumnne General Hospital.

“It is a county owned building and provides plenty of opportunity for creative filmmakers”, said Day. “In turn, any film work here brings additional revenue to Tuolumne County.

Day also said that a film director by the name of Chris Brown (recent Sundance Film Winner for Best Editiing) is filming a select group of Summerville and Sonora High School Seniors for an upcoming movie. Filming started in the area last November and will wrap up around August.

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The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

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