Friday, June 08, 2007
Don't mess with Texas (if you want Texas money for your movie)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a $22-million bill that would provide major financial incentives to producers who shoot film projects in the Lone Star state. But there's a catch: The bill includes a provision that allows film grants to be denied "because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion." Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't help suspecting that, by the standards set by the lawmakers, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Lone Star and The Last Picture Show would be considered highly "inappropriate."