Cryptocurrency Gets Its Own Comedy In “Bitcoin” – the Movie
(Bitcoin.com) It was inevitable that someone would commission a bitcoin movie sooner or later, and in the event that honor has gone to Christian Cashmir... “The plan is to start shooting the film in the last week of April in New Mexico,” he told MarketWatch. “But then two weeks ago Bitcoin went up to $19,000 and I thought maybe we should think about going into production faster.”... Bitcoin the movie will be set in Arizona, where the two brothers at the heart of the tale will uncover their cache of cryptocurrency and then embark on an epic quest to sell it to the highest bidder.
Small filmmakers find a home in Tucson
(Arizona Daily Star) Once a powerhouse for filming western flicks, a lack of tax incentives for filmmakers has forced Tucson to adapt. With large productions often bypassing Arizona to film in states that offer more tax incentives, Tucson has shifted its focus to independent films, reality television shows, and magazine photo shoots, said Shelli Hall, director of the Tucson film office.
Disney asked a Tucson mom and son team to write a 'Coco' children's book
(Arizona Daily Star) Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford journeyed into a magical world when Disney asked her to write a related children's adventure book for Disney-Pixar's highly anticipated animated film 'Coco'...
Why movies based in Arizona aren't always filmed here
(kjzz.org) The new film Only the Brave tells the story of the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona in 2013. But, the film about one of the greatest tragedies that’s ever hit our state wasn’t filmed here. It was shot in New Mexico. That’s largely because, since the Great Recession, Arizona no longer offers production companies incentives to shoot here. So, they go elsewhere.
Arizona creates new incentives for lagging film production
(azfamily.com) Movie lights and cameras are capturing the main street charm of Prescott, Arizona for the first time in years. And a new state film office is aiming to increase film production in Arizona, but it could be a hard sell because of the tax credits and incentives other states are offering production companies.
ASU center examines humanity through entertainment
(ASU Now) For nearly a dozen years, ASU’s Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture has prompted scholarly discussions on the role of cinema, media and music in society and has paid tribute to some of the 20th century’s most enduring entertainment icons. Faculty and students have performed countless hours of community outreach.
Can Arizona's film discount program reel in productions from states with tax credits?
(Phoenix Business Journal) Producers are looking for the best bang for their buck, and a discount has advantages that tax credits don't.
Bob Parsons announces funding to continue the state's film office, matched by Arizona Commerce Authority
(Phoenix Business Journal) Billionaire businessman, philanthropist and GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is helping Arizona attract more film productions to the state by providing funding, for the second year in a row, for half the amount needed to run the Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media.
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