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Movies or Medicaid: A False Choice at the Texas Legislature
Another tug o’ war over funding for Texas’ film, TV, and gaming industry rebate program
"...from Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Dallas, as funding for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program took its traditional biennial..."

April 12, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Future Is in Flux for the Texas Film Incentive Program
Texas loses productions to states with bigger and better incentive programs
"...decade, the creative industries have been explaining that the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program isn't just for cinema,..."

Jan. 27, 2017 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Fitzmaurice Quits Texas Film Commission
UPDATE: TXMPA president praises exiting TFC executive director
"...The Texas Motion Picture Alliance holds its annual meeting in Austin..."

July 6, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

‘Docubloggers’ Documents Texas’ Film Industry Woes
KLRU asks "If There is a Future for the Texas Film Industry?" We're going with a cautious but hopeful yes.
"...a segment titled "Is There a Future for the Texas Film Industry?" (We're going with a cautious – but..."

Feb. 19, 2009 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

True Love and Lawsuits in the Wedding Capital of Texas
'Til death do us party
"...some peace and quiet. In 2013, the 41-year-old former Texas General Land Office agent and his wife Staci bought..."

April 27, 2018 News Feature by Kate Groetzinger

Abandoning the Nest
Hurt by the state's inadequate incentives program, Texas film crews take flight
"...mine shaft and broke two ribs. Few in the Texas film industry will be surprised that Raigen Thornton, a..."

May 23, 2008 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

Take Three
Texas film incentives don't always carry sufficient funding
"...On April 23, things were looking good for the Texas film industry. After months of negotiations, marquee names from..."

Oct. 30, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texans Protest Film Incentive Cut
Change.org petition demands special session to save program
"...or abortion rights, they've become commonplace. But as the Texas Legislature slashes film incentives, there's a call for Gov...."

May 29, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Getting Film Incentives to Pay Off
Film Commission director Bob Hudgins talks about proposed reforms to the incentive program
"...victory last session by finally getting cash for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (aka the film incentives.)..."

Feb. 10, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Film News
The latest incentives push shows promise; Swingtown seeks extras
"...Incentives push gets a bill (or two) The Texas film-incentives push finally has a bill. Well, two of..."

March 2, 2007 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Home Field Advantage
Sure, Austin can become a sustainable center for TV production. Just ask the Friday Night Lights gridiron gang.
"...this series about life, love, and football in small-town Texas is committed to each other, but the sting of..."

April 30, 2010 Screens Feature by Belinda Acosta

Film News
It's raining cash for film in Texas ... but not a drop leftover for Waco
"...The Texas Legislature has given a total $62 million to fund..."

June 5, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Austinite Chris Eska's August Evening wins big at LAFF, a year after locals Gretchen and Chalk did
"...premiere at the fest. Eska's film was awarded two Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund grants from the Austin Film Society,..."

July 13, 2007 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
It's Texas vs. Arizona in the 'Friday Night Lights' Bowl, but we might have a secret weapon: the new TXMPA
"...Will 'Lights' shine again in incentive-free Texas? Friday Night Lights has officially been picked up by..."

May 26, 2006 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
'Film News' explains what the new film incentives bill means; plus news from Rick Linklater, Andrew Bujalski, and Owen Egerton
"...What exactly is this new Texas film incentives program Gov. Rick Perry recently signed into..."

May 8, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Friday Night Lights gets renewed for two more seasons, and the House passes the incentives bill. Are things looking up for the Texas film industry?
"...one program he oversees to another one for a Texas A&M University project. The Texas Film Commission oversees the..."

April 10, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
There's life in it yet: The ailing Texas film industry is looking awfully sparky these days. We like.
"...It's fitting that as the Texas film industry is about to gather at the Capitol..."

Feb. 27, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Is the Texas film scene resuscitating itself?
"...Is the Texas film scene resuscitating itself? Positive signs: State Rep. Dawnna..."

Feb. 13, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
An Oscar, a zombie, and a film incentive walk into a bar ...
"...Did somebody say three-dot column?... What does a new Texas House speaker mean to a push to increase funding..."

Jan. 30, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
The Texas Motion Picture Alliance pushes an ambitious new incentives bill, to be sponsored by Rep. Dawnna Dukes
"...can soon expect a very interesting proposal from the Texas Motion Picture Alliance aimed at strengthening a 5% statewide..."

Nov. 28, 2008 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Save the Texas film industry with a Spaghetti Western fundraiser with the stars and under the stars at Star Hill Ranch
"...be the perfect example of the impact of ineffective Texas film incentives, and thus it's no surprise to see..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
The Top 10 things that had people talking in Austin film and TV this year
"...3) Texas gets friendly incentives..."

Jan. 4, 2008 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
The governor signs off on incentives, leads chorus of dumb quotes
"...last week at Austin Studios: Perry says he hopes "Texas will be the creative capital of the world, but..."

June 15, 2007 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Incentives in the Senate: Does Steve Ogden want to censor filmmakers shooting in Texas?
"...the possible exclusion of funding for films that portray Texas in a bad light. The $20 million incentive program..."

May 11, 2007 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Touchdown! Cue the band and fireworks or whatever; plus, all 'Quiet' on the Burnt Orange front, and more
"...sealed the deal, says Bob Hudgins, head of the Texas Film Commission. It didn't hurt that the pilot episode..."

June 9, 2006 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Local singer-songwriter Jesse Dayton tries on a new role as a psychobilly vampire in Rob Zombie's Halloween II; plus news on Gary Kent, the TXMPA, and Turk Pipkin
"...theatres Aug. 28. Dayton says he met Zombie through Texas actor Lew Temple, who played Adam Banjo in Zombie's..."

July 3, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Film News
Austin Studios lands a long-term tenant; Robert Rodriguez talks about a live-action The Jetsons; and more
"...to complete their short films. Register at www.48hourfilm.com/austin... The Texas Motion Picture Alliance has its annual meeting June 27..."

June 19, 2009 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

TV Eye
A recent slew of political, cultural, and environmental documentaries prove how indispensable PBS is
"...quickly losing public support and overburdened by physical and emotional fatigue, a company of U.S. soldiers known as the..."

April 23, 2010 Screens Column by Belinda Acosta

Film News
Incentives, the end of Sinus, Screen Door, and more
"...Film incentives battle plan Expect the Texas Motion Picture Alliance to push for the Legislature to..."

Jan. 19, 2007 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Lege Lines: Film Incentive Program Funding Uncertain, Anti-Choice Buffoonery, and More
Lege considers film incentive program funding and anti-choice antics take hold
"...Contrary to popular opinion, Texas doesn't have a film incentive program. It has the..."

March 20, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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