Monthly Archives: February 2016

Baywatch filming in PBC, state pushes for more movies

Originally posted on the CBS12 website

A large crowd gathered in front of Deerfield Beach Tuesday hoping to catch a glimpse of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

“I grew up watching Baywatch and it’s exciting to see they’re now making a movie and I’m a huge Rock fan,” said Alexandra Israel.

Crews are spending the week in Palm Beach […]

To keep Florida in film game, state needs to step up

Originally posted on the Palm Beach Post website

What’s wrong with this picture? A new movie about Florida’s Highwaymen — African-American painters who sold their canvases on the side of the road because under Jim Crow laws they couldn’t show them in galleries — is currently in production. In Georgia.

When Robert DeNiro, playing the title character in […]

Keys Study: ‘Bloodline’ Lures Tourists To Islands

Originally posted on the WLRN website

The Netflix TV series “Bloodline” has added millions of dollars to the local economy and employed hundreds of people in the Florida Keys. But a study commissioned by the region’s tourism agency says the bigger benefit is in tourism.

“We found in the first six months since the show was released, which […]

Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a $2 billion impact on local economy study finds

Originally posted on the SaintPeters Blog website

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium saw a boost in attendance in years following the 2011 release of Dolphin Tale. That spike in attendance contributed to a $2 billion economic impact to Pinellas County, according to an economic impact study released this week. The study found that 44,440 jobs were supported by the aquarium over the […]

Fred Grimm: Chintzy Florida losing its movie industry

Originally posted on the Miami Herald website

Florida’s fickle politics can do strange things to geography. Consider how Tampa’s Ybor City became Brunswick, Georgia. Novelist and screenwriter Dennis Lehane famously wrote about prohibition-era Ybor City in his 2012 novel Live by Night. But $6 million worth of Georgia tax incentives lured the upcoming movie version starring Ben Affleck […]

Film Florida Member Invite: Tribeca Film Festival 2016

The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place in New York from April 13 – 24, 2016. The Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film event that supports emerging and established directors. The Festival has screened over 1400 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. […]