Reviving Stocktywood

Did a column a while back about reviving Stockton as a location for motion picture production. Today’s Chron has a story about a rally held in San Francisco in support of increasing state tax credits to keep movie-makers in California.

Hollywood found its way to Stockton the first time around because it was outside a 300-mile union limit around L.A., boasted geographical diversity that could pass for numerous places and because City Hall did nothing to impede production companies.

Then it did. After William Freidkin’s 1987 “Rampage”  City Hall slapped fees and red tape on movie prodction units –and “Rampage,” I believe, was about the last movie to film here.

It’ll be interesting to watch Sacramento for legisltion expanding the film credit. If such a bill is passed, more movie production units will stay in California. Who knows? Hollywood may find its way here again.

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