Film
1:11 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Funding Dries Up; Missouri Film Office Closes

A two-person office that helped film directors scout locations and find equipment and employees in Missouri will close on Thursday.

A two-person office that helped film directors scout locations and find equipment and employees in Missouri will close on Thursday.

But as St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann reports, the state will still make $4.5 million in tax credits available.

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the $175,000 for the Missouri Film Office earlier this month. The Department of Economic Development will now handle its duties.

Kim Tucci, who heads the St. Louis film office, was unimpressed with that arrangement.

"When they call the state now, I don't know what's going to happen, because they're going to want location shots, they're going to want this, they're going to want that, and I have no idea who's going to coordinate this," says Tucci. "It's gotta be as amateurish as you can imagine."

Nixon did not touch the $4.5 million in tax credits that filmmakers can use to offset costs. But earlier this year, he refused to authorize anything more than a million dollars for a Paramount Pictures production, which shot the movie in Ohio instead.