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Winter’s Bone and the Missouri film tax credit

I first wrote about Winter’s Bone on this blog nearly two years ago, when I visited the town of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, as some of its indoor scenes were being set up for shooting. I also presented my reactions to the completed movie in June 2010, after watching a screening in a small theatre in the company of director Debra Granik and many members of the cast and crew.

I’ve heard a judge and a handful of lawyers, who practice family law and criminal law in the counties where Winter’s Bone was filmed, voice their opinion that it fairly depicted the lives of many of the people they encounter in their work.

Winter’s Bone is an artistic, critical and popular success. But the question facing the Missouri legislature is whether the tax credits given to the film’s financial backers are a good deal for Missourians. In Missouri, the film tax credit amounts to less than Read the rest of this entry

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