Three visionaries, three stories to tell, three new films—it seems we’re having a Hollywood moment. Someone, please, turn down the lights.
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Is the Diamond State becoming the Popcorn State?
Three new movies, made in Delaware by Delawareans, are captivating film buffs. “Bells on the Hill,” “20 Minutes” and “Mayor Cupcake” are different styles of movies—documentary, short form and feature-length—that tell different stories about different parts of Delaware. Behind the movies are very different filmmakers: a barber, a former gang member and a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur.
They all have one thing in common: They are part of Delaware’s independent film community, which is thriving in spite of a financial situation that is, at best, uninspiring.
“People can have stories, creativity, skills and that’s all great,” says Film Brothers’ Gordon DelGiorno, a producer of “20 Minutes” and “Mayor Cupcake.” “But what it takes to get the cameras rolling is one thing: money. Delaware is one of only six states that does not have a tax incentive program for film production companies.”
“Over the years, several film incentive bills have drowned in the state’s legislature,” says Ric Edevane, president of Delaware Independent Filmmakers. “We have all of the scenery a producer could want. But without a state tax credit, Hollywood studios are not finding it financially logical to film in Delaware.”
That’s not stopping the storytelling. Independent filmmakers are writing, directing, producing—and funding—movies made in and about Delaware.
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