CFA Counts Cash

The Carolina Film Alliance will hold a general membership meeting on Sept. 19. Major topic of discussion: proving how much residual income the film industry brings to the Carolinas.

The CFA is a group of filmmakers dedicated to boosting media production in S.C. They’ve spent the summer talking to local businesses that have benefited from the productions shooting here this year. It’s the little things that aren’t always taken into account when totting up the benefits of Hollywood companies filming here — the cost of bottled water, restaurant snacks, lumber, vehicle rentals — and the CFA wants hard facts and figures to hand to state legislators.

With these numbers they hope to convince senators and legislators that further tax incentives are worth supporting. Presently, the wage rebates blessed by the Secretary of Commerce favor TV shows — a major reason why Army Wives will shoot its second season here. “But if any new production company comes looking for rebates,” says CFA President Robbin Knight, “the best incentives won’t be here.” While S.C.’s financial inducements for filmmakers are competitive, they still don’t match those of Louisiana — the CFA wants to convince legislators to change that.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Grazi’s Shoe Cafe & Wine Bar, 14 Resolute Lane, I’On. —Nick Smith

Manic Miners

Sick of Sicko? Fuming at Fahrenheit 9/11? For those who like their political filmmaking a little more right of center, help is at hand.

The Bastiat Society is a local organization aiming to “promote that the free market is the most productive, most humane, and most moral form of large-scale social organization.” It’s hosting the S.C. premiere of Mine Your Own Business, a 2006 documentary that claims to be the first to explore the dark side of the green scene.

Filmmaker Phelim McAleer is worried about environmentalists’ “pernicious effects… on the poorest people in some of the poorest countries in the world.” The former Financial Times correspondent looks at the impact eco-friendliness can have on miners, who stand to lose their livelihoods thanks to anti-mining campaigns coordinated by foreign environmentalists.

The Bastiat Society is named after 19th century French economist Frédéric Bastiat who once said, “The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.”

The one-off screening of McAleer’s skillful attack on tree-huggers takes place at the American Theater, 446 King St. on Wed. Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. Tickets won’t cost a red cent. —Nick Smith

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