I bumped into Lucinda Winter the commissioner of the Minnesota Film and TV Board at the state capitol the other day. She is campaigning along with the group "Shoot in Minnesota" for a slice of the funding from the newly approved sales tax to support the arts and cultural heritage. She said she is hoping the legislature will give the board an additional $4.5 million for incentives to attract more feature films to the state.
With the recent list of movies set in Minnesota, but not shot here now including "Juno," "Leatherheads," "Gran Torino" and "New in Town," Winter and others are hoping their claim that tens of millions of dollars in film revenue is needlessly going elsewhere will resonate with lawmakers. However there are a lot of other good causes with the same idea, and a robust debate is likely in coming weeks.