You've heard the rumblings: there is a bill making its way through the Maine State Legislature that would adjust the state's tax incentives for productions shot here. LD 1334, An Act To Promote Economic Development through Increased Film Incentives, aims to raise the wage reimbursement thresholds and create more jobs for those working in media in the state. But what does all this mean in terms of your work, your livelihood, and your tax dollars?
Join the Maine Film Association for a panel that explains the nuts and bolts of film incentives and LD 1334, and get the answers you seek! Learn about where the bill is in the legislative process, and, if it passes as law, the implications it could have on a Maine production's budget.
The panel, moderated by MFA Advocacy Committee Chair Louise Rosen, consists of one of the bill's legislative co-sponsors, Senator Matthea Daughtry of Brunswick; the citizen advocates behind the bill, Erik Van Wyck and Sara Friedman; and film incentives tax expert Irene Wachsler! These experts will break down the legislative jargon for you, field your questions about what it means for the Maine media industry, and guide you through the legislative process and how you can make your voice heard on this issue.
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Irene Wachsler, CPA - Irene's Massachusetts-based accountancy practice did the very first audit reporting under the Massachusetts film tax incentives program over ten years ago. Part of her practice is dedicated to film/entertainment; she provides services to clients in both MA and NY. Irene's IMDB page lists 47 credits. She is a member of Women in Film & Video/New England, the Massachusetts Production Coalition, and the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.
Senator Mattie Daughtry - A Brunswick native who served four terms in the Maine House, Senator Daughtry is now in her first term in the Maine Senate, where she is Assistant Majority Leader. She is co-owner of Moderation Brewing Company and is a photographer, videographer, and writer with her own company, Matthea Daughtry Media. Senator Daughtry is co-sponsor of the updated LD 1334.
Maine Film Association President Geoffrey Leighton and Vice President Jim Boutin have prepared a sample film budget to demonstrate the potential impact of the incentives. Both are active filmmakers here in Maine, Geoff focused on documentaries and animation, Jim on wildlife and natural history.
Erik Van Wyck - Erik has appeared as an actor in many commercials, TV shows, and films including “Cold Case”, “Castle”, A Beautiful Mind” and “How I Met Your Mother”. He has written or co-written several screenplays, including “Bellman of Everest”, and the upcoming “CRCL9”. Erik also received a WGC award for his work on “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.” His first feature film as a producer, “Expecting” was released by Tribeca/Lightning Entertainment. He also produced the Maine set “Holly Star”, now available on Netflix.
Sara Friedman - Sara is a Los Angeles-based actor, director, writer, and producer who was born and raised in Cape Elizabeth. Her upcoming fiction project "Heightened" is registered for the incentives program with the Maine Film Office and has so far raised one-third of its budget through various means including investment from Maine sources.
Louise Rosen is on the board of the Maine Film Association and chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is an editorial/business consultant, international distributor, producer, & sales agent. Louise is a speaker and moderator at events such as Sheffield DocFest, DOC NYC, & Hot Docs Forum. Her projects include Oscar, Emmy, Sundance, & other award-winning films, released across all platforms. Her producing credits include Kimberly Reed’s upcoming doc feature The Gender Project, in association with Scout Productions, Killing for Love, released theatrically by IFC, currently streaming on Sundance Now, and Eva Hesse, released theatrically by Zeitgeist, with a US television premiere on PBS/American Masters.