PRODUCTION INVESTMENT CREDITS THROUGH ACT 221/215 THREATENED

PRODUCTION INVESTMENT CREDITS THROUGH ACT 221/215 THREATENED

 

The state legislature and the Gov. Lingle administration have said they intend to limit or repeal Act 221/215, especially as it related to television and film productions. All four of the television and theatrical projects filmed in Hawaii with the exception of ABC’s Lost have utilized Act 221/215. Without this tax incentive, none of these projects would have been funded. Members of the Film and Video Association of Hawaii are encouraging the production community to lobby legislators to save the Acts.

 

Looks like Hawaii Film Partners’ $6-million romantic comedy feature Wedlock  has been delayed for at least two weeks to March 1 following a snafu landing the film’s male lead. HFP is under the gun to start up since the contract of the female lead – American Idol runner up  Katherine McPhee – has a pay or play contract which means if the film isn’t completed by a certain date she gets to leave and still gets paid..According to a Los Angeles source, the male lead original selected – Jesse Spencer who plays  Dr. Robert Chase on the popular series House  – was unable to get that production’s permission for time off to film in Hawaii..Wedlock, which is written and directed by Rob Hedden, will film  for four weeks on Oahu


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Perhaps a stretch for Reel Hawaii, but we wanted to let everyone know that  music’s top Parrothead Jimmy Buffett will perform at the Waikiki Shell on Feb. 28 to coordinate with the hard opening of his first Waikiki restaurant – Jimmy Buffett’s at The Beachcomber – at the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel (2300 Kalakaua Ave.). The restaurant’s soft opening is Monday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.. For more information about Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber surf over to www.jimmybuffettsatthebeachcomber.com  … But Buffett first will perform on Maui on Feb. 24 at the MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER…Tickets on sale 01/31 at 10 a.m. The Waikiki Shell tickets also go on sale 1/31 at 10 .m…


 

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