400+ film/TV crew, actors, and supporters of the industry gathered at the famous Rocky steps in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 2.
The event was coordinated by the Philly film office with the goal to raise awareness of the importance of the PA film tax credits to bringing jobs to the Commonwealth.
It was an illustrious line-up of speakers: M. Night Shyamalan led off with an inspirational talk about why he chooses to shoot in his hometown. Other speakers included State Senators Vinent Hughes and Daylin Leach, Phila City council members Mark Squilla and David Oh (just out of the hospital!), actor David Morse, producers/stars of Comedy Central's "Delco Proper,"- John McKeever and Tommy Pope, indie film producer Sarah Meagan Thomas, Casting directors Diane Heery and Jason Loftus. Film Crews were well represented also with speakers from IATSE local 52, Teamsters local 817 (and their great "billboard" truck!), SAG-AFTRA, and many individual crew members (Leon Sanginiti, Susannah McCarthy, Jozef Jozefowski...) and PaFIA board members Mike McCann, James Madison, and John Rusk.
The crowd spanned all ages, with actors, crew, and industry supporters given a mission as they left: a call to action - contact your legislators, let them know how much the film tax credit means to JOBS in Pennsylvania!
Pennsylvania Film Industry Association (PAFIA)461 Cochran Road, Box 246Pittsburgh, PA 15228(717) 833-4561 email@example.com