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Some in NC film industry to boycott political ads

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

With the current tax credit for film, TV and video productions set to lapse at the end of 2014, the House Finance Committee defeated an amendment to the budget that would have extended the current tax credit for another two years by a 16-20 vote Wednesday, and members of the state's film industry are not happy.

The amendment by Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, would have dialed back the value of the credit. North Carolina spent more than $83 million on the credit in 2012, a number that some lawmakers felt was too high.

Not all legislators are against the current tax. Some are pushing to keep the current credit or create a new incentive to keep the state as a desired location for the filming of movies and TV series.

Some of the recent movies and TV shows filmed in the state include "Hunger Games," "Homeland," "Eastbound & Down," "Sleepy Hollow," and "Iron Man 3."

Movies and TV shows aren't the only things filmed in the state. Political ads are as well, and members of the N.C. film industry are fighting back against the legislators who took the first step to end the tax credits in Wednesday's vote. Organizer Frank Eaton called for a boycott of political ad productions for those who plan to vote against the interests of the state's film industry.

"I don't want the politicians who voted against NC film jobs to be able to find a crew for their ads within 500 miles of their districts," said organizer Frank Eaton in a written release. "World class film professionals live here because of the presence of the industry these republicans just killed."

The release goes on to state that many of the legislators against the film incentives will begin shooting ads this summer for November's elections. The list include U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis and the boycott would involve everyone from cameramen to boom operators and grips, most of whom are hired locally.

Eaton states that he hopes the boycott will show people what a state without a film industry looks like. He goes on to say in the release that he hopes the boycott participants will still be a presence at shoots, if need be.

"We'll shadow GOP shoots if we have to," said Eaton. "Every time the cameras roll on a Thom Tillis ad, I want an out-of-work boom operator with a leaf blower right off camera."

The ad boycott is being organized partially through a Facebook group.

The first vote on the $21 billion budget is expected Thursday with the second vote to follow Friday morning.

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