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SIXTEENTH MEETING - Legacy

2013-2014 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION

HOUSE LEGACY COMMITTEE
Chair, Representative Phyllis Kahn
And
SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON LEGACY
Chair, Senator Richard Cohen
And
SENATE ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURE DIVISION
Chair, Senator David Tomassoni

MINUTES

Representative Kahn, Chair of the House Legacy Committee, called the meeting to order at 3:12 P.M. on March 6, 2013 in Room 123 Capitol.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

House Legacy Committee Members present:
Kahn, Chair
Lillie, Vice Chair
Urdahl, Lead Republican
Green
Hausman
McDonald
Murphy, M.
Torkelson
Ward, J.
Wills

Members excused:
Freiberg
Wagenius

Senate Subcommittee on Legacy members present:
Cohen, Chair
Fischbach
Ingebrigtsen
Miller
Saxhaug
Sieben
Tomassoni

Members excused:
Dibble

Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division members present:
Tomassoni, Chair
Ingebrigtsen, Lead Republican
Dziedzic
Saxhaug
Westrom

Members excused:
Hawj, Vice Chair
Dibble
Osmek
Ruud
Scalze
Schmit
Skoe
Sparks
Weber

A quorum was present.

Michelle Mitchell, Executive Budget Officer, Minnesota Management and Budget, gave an overview of the Legacy Funds.

Denise Gardner, Entertainment Attorney and Owner of F-Stop Productions in Minneapolis, gave an overview of "filmonomics" and introduced the panel.

Robert Schwartz and Ralph Winter, Producers at Seismic Pictures, explained why the Association of Minnesota Motion Pictures (AMMP) was created, how it works, and key criteria that a project would require to receive funding.

Jane Minton, former Director, Independent Film Project, explained why Minnesota has fallen behind and stated that we need to create a way to bring film making back to the state.

Lucinda Winters, Executive Director, Minnesota Film Board, stated that in order to have films made in MN again we need to offer a serious incentive. She then gave a brief overview of their general fund and Legacy fund requests for this year.

Andrew Awes, Executive Producer, Committee Films, explained how Snowbate helped his business.

Shawn Otto, Screenwriter, stated he supported the MN Film Board request and explained how hard it is to have a film made in MN.

Representative Joe McDonald introduced the next two speakers.

Andrew Peterson, Independent Film Project (IFP), explained that tax incentives are what drive the industry and pointed to studies done on incentives that show there is an effective formula.

Anne Healy, Owner, Healy Locations, briefly explained her background and her support of a range of incentives to help the MN film industry.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 P.M.



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Representative Phyllis Kahn, Chair



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Krysta Niedernhofer, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Film Investment in Minnesota Testimony from Minnesota and Hollywood film industry