Colorado is handing out millions of dollars in rebates to state film productions in one of the sharpest booms in its film production history amid stiff, ongoing competition in neighboring states like New Mexico and Utah.
A narrative feature about longtime Denver LGBTQ club Tracks, announced in June, has been approved by the state Economic Development Commission to receive $800,000, according to a statement today by the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media.
This is in addition to a number of film and television projects already underway in Colorado, such as the thriller feature film Elevation. The latter is “the biggest production to come to Colorado since (Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 film) The Hateful Eight,” Colorado Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman wrote in an email to the Denver Post.
“Elevation,” which will star Anthony Mackie, Morena Baccarin and Maddie Hasson, is shooting in Golden and Boulder and will be directed by George Nolfi and executive produced by Brad Fuller, Zuckerman said. It’s the biggest film to come to Colorado in eight years and will gross about $18 million and employ nearly 300 cast and crew, according to the Denver Business Journal.
Producers of the historically-inspired Tracks feature, Making Tracks, have been approved after stating they expect to spend nearly $4.5 million on location and hire 100 local cast and crew members. Production is slated to begin in April 2023 in and around Denver and continue through July 2023.
Last month, Zuckerman and his office approved a Colorado Film Incentive for the reality TV show Rock the Block, a home renovation competition series hosted by HGTV. It is currently the network’s November 1 reality show; The fourth season will be filmed in Berthoud, Zuckerman said. It was approved by the Economic Development Commission for a $697,000 film incentive given its $3.5 million local spend with 46 local crew members. Production is scheduled to begin this fall and continue through the end of this month.
In addition, the premiere of the new History Channel series Pawn Stars Do America, entitled Denver Gold Rush, filmed in the Mile High City in July and premiered on November 9th as the main episode of the series (it is a traveling show ). and is not permanently resident here).
Along with ongoing reality TV series and various television and online commercials, renewed activity in Colorado is suddenly helping it catch up with neighboring states. The state of New Mexico offers 25% to 30% depending on production, Utah offers up to 25%. Colorado’s program started in 2012 with up to 20% off, but some productions have negotiated more — like “Elevation,” for example, with a 25% discount.
Colorado, whose movie discount muscle has been criticized by previous state legislators for being weak and mismanaged, is also awaiting High Science, a reality TV series about cannabis that comes with the pedigree of Pawn Stars and Duck Dynasty. producers. It was approved for a $221,000 film incentive in October at an estimated $1.1 million on-location spend, featuring 26 local cast and crew members. Production has already started and will continue until February 2023.
The Elevation project also features big names, including the writer of The Bourne Ultimatum (director and writer Nolfi) and the producer of the horror franchise A Quiet Place (Fuller).
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