This afternoon, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover signed into a law a local tax rebate for the movie and TV industry, worth between $150,000 and $175,000 per project. (To quality, the project budget must be $300,000 or more.)
The Shreveport film industry also announced another project for its summer production calendar. “Straw Dogs,” a Sony/Screen Gems remake of the 1971 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, should begin filming in early July. No stars have been announced. It will join the previously announced “The Mechanic,” a movie starring Jason Statham and produced by Nu Image/Millennium Films.
Arlena Acree, the City of Shreveport’s film industry liaison, hopes today's announcements will be welcomed by local film professionals who’ve endured a slow 2009.
“It definitely gives everybody a great gleam of hope that we have something to offer locally,” Acree said.
The Caddo Commission economic development committee plans to take up a proposal similar to Shreveport’s new rebate at its meeting Monday.