"The first time I came to a PaFIA event, I met George Parra, the executive producer of Silver Linings Playbook, whose career path immensely inspired me and guided me towards many film industry adventures. The second time I came to a PaFIA event, I met Edward Saxon, the producer of Silence of the Lambs, whose story encouraged me to never settle and to go for my dreams. Today, I am one of PaFIA Board Members and the Chair of the Membership Committee, passionate about this organization's mission and confident that PaFIA is the key to turning my dream into my full-time job."
What does the Film Tax Credit mean to the crews of Banshee and The Outsiders?
Remember that Softball game we live tweeted in Pennsylvania between the crews of two locally shot television shows? It's because of the current Film Tax program in Pennsylvania that these individuals work, live, and spend in Pennsylvania. Having people working and spending in PA leads to an increased tax base, which also means new and improved featured to the State from Libraries to roads. Our chair, David Haddad, interviewed members from departments above and below the line of Banshee and The Outsiders to ask them what The Film Tax Credit means to THEM.
MOX is a Pittsburgh native and has moved home to continue working in Pennsylvania after making it big in the craft service industry. The Film Tax Credit means he gets to work here.
Steve Parys is a 1st AD on The Outsiders, who was BORN AND RAISED in Pittsburgh. He does not want to move for work and luckily does not have to. "If the Film Tax Credit goes away, we would all get shut down."
Kelli French, who works in the wardrobe department of Banshee (whose story you will read more about soon!) thanks the film tax credit for changing her life!
Amy and Angelo Sontereanos are a lovely couple who work in the DOT with The Outsiders. They get to "stay at home with the kids" because of the film tax credit when 8 years ago, they were in LA.
Candace does hair on Banshee. When asked what would happen if the film tax credit went away, she said, "I would have nothing!"
Frank Conforti, Board Member of PaFIA and Transportation Captain discusses how PA can crew three shows now due to the film tax credit. He also REALLY wanted us to edit this video... and we refused.
Want to hear more about the softball game itself?? Here is another video with Board Member, Frank Conforti!!!
OHHHH BABY! That's a wrap! Thank you to David Haddad for taking these interviews and thank you to everyone who participated. Let's work to keep film and TV in PA.