Only Advance Indiana told you about how IMPD resources, including officers, vehicles and equipment were made available to the makers of "Car 86," which was filmed just weeks ago in the city. City officials belatedly slapped together a contract with Car 86, LLC after Advance Indiana submitted a public records request for any contracts or correspondence between city officials and the film's makers. The city's public access counselor produced only three e-mails exchanged between IMPD Public Information Officer Christopher Wilburn, who had a paid supporting role in the movie, discussing the film makers' failure to properly obtain a permit to close off streets around Lucas Oil Stadium for filming scenes in the movie. The contract between IMPD and the filmmakers charged a fee of just $756.
A spokesman for Visit Indy, Chris Gahl, claims the film initiative will generate more than $6 million in incremental economic impact on an annual basis. At least that's what it said on the piece of paper he just pulled out his ass. Naturally, there's hand-wringing thrown it about how Indiana is way behind its neighboring states in offering generous incentives to Hollywood types to come out to the Heartland to film a movie. From the IBJ:
Indiana’s neighbors are much more generous. Michigan offers a tax credit of up to 42 percent of a production company’s expenses related to a film project. Ohio offers a tax credit of up to 25 percent of expenses and 35 percent of the wages paid to state residents. Kentucky offers a 20 percent tax credit.
In a recent example of how Indianapolis has been at a disadvantage for attracting filmmakers, the 2014 movie "The Fault in Our Stars" was filmed in Pittsburgh, although the novel is set in Indianapolis, in part to take advantage of tax incentives offered by Pennsylvania.
Indianapolis does not offer incentives for films . . .Well, you can see where this is headed. "Film Indy's founders hope the initiative will help make the argument for state incentives," the IBJ reports. Sigh. Visit Indy says the $300,000 will be used to build a website, hire a film commission to market the city and handle hospitality arrangements for film crews visiting the city. Who wants to make a bet that part of that $300,000 has already been paid to the makers of "Car 86"? Visit Indy was one of the first places Greg Ballard, Jr. hit up when he was looking for help with the filming of his movie according to e-mails Advance Indiana obtained from IPS discussing the use of the Coca-Cola Building for filming purposes. Don't look for the useless local media folks to delve into those matters any more deeply. They long ago decided to give our mayor a pass on his corrupt, self-dealing ways.