NAPLES, Fla. Lights, camera, action.
These words may be a thing of the past around Florida, as the state is ending its tax incentive for the film industry.
Bloodline, a popular Netflix show, ended production after three seasons of shooting in the Keys because of a lack of funds.
“People have actually sold their homes,” said Curry Walls, president of 5th Avenue Films, an independent Naples-based film company. “They’ve taken their kids out of school and they’ve had to move to Atlanta because they can’t support themselves here.”
Walls nonetheless remains optimistic. He wrote seven screenplays for movies he wants to film in nine Florida cities. He’ll showcase his first screenplay, “It’s Nothing Personal,” at a red carpet event at the Sudgen Theater in Naples on May 16.
“What we’re doing is trying to bring our first production here, which will create jobs, which will put money into the economy, which will also affect tourism in a positive light,” he said.
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