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Reinstate the Film Tax Credit in the State of New Jersey
Petition Background (Preamble):
The two Democrats pushed to reinstate the tax credit in October of last year so let's all pitch in by passing this Petition to see if we can make this happen for 2012.
Why reinstate the Film Tax Credit in the State of New Jersey?
1. It would create jobs.
2. It would bring television and film productions and visitors to the state and celebrate Fort Lee’s rich film history.
3. It would preserve New Jersey’s motion picture legacy.
The issue has caught the attention of Actor, producer, director, filmmaker and energy/green activist Antonio Saillant, who lives in New York City-[but grew up in Northvale, NJ], could well be called a Renaissance man – a man with many passions and talents.
I am looking to filming in NJ, a movie entitled The Golden Knights, is partly autobiographical and wholly inspirational. A movie about the 1979 Old Tappan football team which tells the tale of how a losing [team] began to [turn that streak around and] sow the first seeds of promise and pride in the school and surrounding towns. The whole turning point of the Golden Knights was then, where my older brother Angel [died in a 1987 car accident, but was the football team's captain] was on the 1979 team. “[After a very long losing streak] they started being successful and then they won states in 1985, and the journey continues.”
Every night, I see myself up late poring over ways to make this happen, reading your letters, and writing notes to people I met. I am doing that for you -- working hard every day to make sure we can finish what we all started together.
I need you to have my back.
I want to impress upon all of you, as well as the governor’s office, that [New Jersey has] a proud history of the arts and I cannot believe that a program like HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, chronicling a slice of our state’s history, is actually being filmed in Long Island rather than Atlantic City. The reality is that Boardwalk Empire chose to go to New York with higher production costs because they could recoup those losses through [New York’s] generous tax credit.
The high cost of making movies today virtually guarantees that any state that doesn’t offer some form of tax incentive is certain “to lose out on the lion’s share of the business.
Read about me, Antonio Saillant in this recent article by the International Policy Digest.
The Reinstate the Film Tax Credit in the State of New Jersey petition to Office of the NJ Governor was written by Antonio Saillant and is in the category Films & Movies at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: new jersey, film commission, nj tax credits, nj governor, films, movies, local nj highschools, sports, nj news, nj sports