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Unbiased Report Concludes That CA State Film Credit Program Benefits are Exaggerated – What About SF’s?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Does the “Scene in San Francisco” program work? I’m sure it does for some people, but does it succeed overall, you know, for the Commonweal?

No.

It’s the same deal with the CA state film subsidy program, which was recently looked at by the CA State Legislative Analyst’s Office.

See below.

Did San Francisco subsidize the horrible NBC non-hit show Trauma? Yes. Should it have? No. 

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All the deets:

Net Credit Benefit Likely Much Less Than Reported.

We have discussed five issues that could affect the results of the LAEDC and/or UCLA-IRLE studies:

 Unknown assumptions embedded in the LAEDC economic models and their failure to consider the benefits of alternative public or private uses of tax credit funds (which could result in the credit program having significantly less net benefit than shown in the studies).

 In-state film activity that would occur in California without any tax credit (which results in the credit program having less economic and tax net benefits than shown in the LAEDC study).

 In-state economic and employment activity resulting from out-of-state productions (which results in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies).

 Crowding out effects (which result in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies in at least some years).

 Effects of film-related tourism (which would likely not result in significant changes in net benefits in most years).

While the total effects of these issues are impossible to quantify, their combined effects are likely to be negative in any given fiscal year—that is, resulting in the net benefit of the credit program being less than shown in both the LAEDC and UCLA-IRLE studies.

Given the conclusion that the net benefit of the credit program is likely less than shown in the LAEDC study, the LAEDC’s finding that the output-to-credit ratio was about 20-to-1 is likely overstated, as is its estimate of job gains resulting from the credit program. Moreover, given that UCLA-IRLE adjusted downward to $1.04 the projected state and local tax revenue return from every credit dollar and given that we find that this also was overstated, we believe it is likely that the state and local tax revenue return would be under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar—perhaps well under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar in many years.

In any event, even if the combined state and local tax revenue return is right around $1.00 for every tax credit dollar, the state government’s tax revenue return would by definition be less than $1.00 for every tax credit dollar. The credit program, therefore, appears to result in a net decline in state revenues.”

Benjamin and Peter Bratt Open the SFIFF with “La Mission” at La Castro

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The poor devils in the rush line out in front of the Castro Theatre this evening had to face fierce winds while waiting to see if they’d be let in to see La Mission. A sell-out crowd enjoyed the movie as well as bacon bon bons and PopChips at the after party in la mision.

Click to expand. It sort of looks like the 1950′s, right?

A good time was had by all.

Tonight: Benjamin Bratt’s “La Mission” Kicks Off the S.F. International Film Festival

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The 52nd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, with 170 films from 62 countries, is kicking off tonight in the Castro with La Mission, directed by Peter Bratt and starring Benjamin Bratt. There’ll be an after party in the Mission as well – expect to see a few lowriders as a part of the celebration.

The nation’s oldest continuous celebration of movies is going to be mega this year. Watch the festival trailer here. More deets below.

Film
La Mission
7:00 pm
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street (near Market)

Kick off the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival with a West Coast premiere screening, special guests and a festive celebration with live entertainment, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a complimentary gift bag. Stars Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Talisa Soto-Bratt and director Peter Bratt in person. Peter Bratt’s powerful and moving film is an ardent love letter to the vibrancy and daily struggles that take place in the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District. Full of affection for its characters, La Mission is a redemptive story of one man’s struggle to unlearn a lifetime of destructive habits.

Party
9:30 pm
Castro Theatre, Bruno’s/El Capitan Theatre

Celebrate Opening Night Mission style at two historic venues, the iconic Bruno’s and an adjoining outdoor setting on the site of the former El Capitan theater, with vintage lowriders from the film. Treat yourself to cool cocktails and international culinary delights while dancing to the Latin beats of salsa and rumba. You must be 21+ to attend the party.

FILM & PARTY members $70, general $85 Includes film and party, complimentary drinks, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres.

VIP FILM & PARTY $135 Includes reserved seating at the film, admission to the exclusive VIP Lounge, and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Food generously donated by Aidells Sausage Company; All Seasons Catering; Bristol Farms Market; Café Claude; Casa Sanchez Foods; Chaya Brasserie; Ciao Bella Gelato; Delfina Restaurant; Destino; Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana; First Crush Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge; Gitane Restaurant & Bar; Judy’s Breadsticks; La Méditerranée; Piccolo Teatro; Poleng Lounge; PopChips; Ramblas Tapas Bar; Serendipity! a catering company; La Tempesta Bakery; ThirstyBear Brewing Company; Whole Foods Market and Wolfgang Puck Express.

Beverages generously donated by Blue Angel Vodka, FIJI Water, Honest Tea, Magnanimus Wine Group,
Martha & Brothers Coffee, Mendocino Farms, Stella Artois, Talmadge Collection and Zola Brazilian
Superfruits.