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Oklahoma quickly becoming big player in film, entertainment industries

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EVAN: THE SOONER STATE IS RAPIDLY BECOMING A PLAYER IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY >> LAST YEAR WE HAD A TOTAL OF 39 FILMS OR TV PRODUCTIONS

EVAN: PART OF THE ALLURE OF SHOOTING IN OKLAHOMA, THE STATE’S REBATE INCENTIVE PROGRAM WE HAVE TOLD YOU ABOUT >> PRODUCTIONS, IF THEY COME IN AND I’LL JUST USE, YOU KNOW IF THEY SPEND A MILLION DOLLARS AND THAT’S ON QUALIFIED EXPENDITURES SPENT LOCALLY THEN THE STATE WILL SAY THANK YOU FOR EMPLOYING OUR PEOPLE AND PATRONIZING OUR BUSINESSES BY GIVING THEM A REBATE OF UP TO 35% ON THOSE QUALIFIED EXPENDITURES EVAN: AND AS THE FILM BUSINESS CONTINUES TO BOOM, EXPECT INDIVIDUAL CITIES LIKE OKC AND TULSA TO START COMING UP WITH THEIR OWN ENTICEMENTS >> A LOT OF CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE OFFERING THEIR OWN INCENTIVE TO LURE PEOPLE TO THEIR SPECIFIC AREA OF THE STATE, AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE’RE WORKING ON EVAN: IN TULSA THE OFFICE OF FILM, MUSIC, ARTS AND CULTURE ALREADY BUSY CAMPAIGNING FOR THE CITY SPECIFICALLY

>> WE ALSO JUST GOT BACK FROM SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WHERE WE HOSTED OUR 4TH ANNUAL FILM TULSA EVENT AND THE IDEA BEHIND THAT IS TO HAVE REALLY SOLID CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PROJECTS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A HOME, AND NATURALLY TULSA WE WANT TO PUT OUR NAME OUT THERE >> I LOVE THE FACT THAT OKLAHOMA IS INVESTING IN THE FILM INDUSTRY HERE EVAN: ACTRESS JONNIE PARNELL STARTED THE TULSA ACTORS SUPPORT GROUP, SHE GOT BIT BY THE ACTING BUG BACK WHEN THE OUTSIDERS WAS FILMED IN THE HOSPITAL WHERE SHE WORKED >> I STEPPED OFF THE ELEVATOR AND MATT DILLION WAS THERE TO GREET ME AND HE SAID HEY YOU GOTTA LAB COAT, WANNA COME WITH ME AND I’M LIKE, WHO WOULD SAY NO TO THAT GUY, YOU KNOW

EVAN: OF THE PRODUCTIONS SLATED ONE TO FILM IN OKLAHOMA THIS YEAR, THE STATE’S BIGGEST EVER DIRECTOR MARTIN SCORSESE’S , KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON WHILE LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND ROBERT DE NIRO ALREADY LOCKED UP LEADING ROLES, THE PRODUCTION WILL PAY LESS TAXES BY HIRING OKLAHOMA CREWS >> FILM EQUALS JOBS, AND IT ABSOLUTELY HAS AN ECON

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