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Filmmaker worries about freezing of tax incentives programs


IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Aspiring actors and actresses of all ages showed up for an open casting call Sunday. They may take part in the film "Collapse," about a rural community overtaken by zombies.

But after allegations of misspending at the Iowa Film Office, "Collapse" writer and co-director Mike Saunders worries other productions may steer clear of the state.

"I see an impact for everybody, to be honest with you," said Saunders.

Saunders says the tax incentives program brought more films into Iowa, and has concerns about Governor Chet Culver's move to freeze it.

"That industry has quadrupled in size since the incentives program, which means jobs for Iowans, and that's what it's all about. I personally feel the freeze was the wrong move, because it really makes the state look bad for any future projects that want to come into the state."

The film's extras casting director Megan Fleming says Iowa has recently become an increasingly attractive locale for filmmakers, because of its versatile landscape.

"Being in Iowa is just like being in 'Anywhere, America.'"

"Collapse" will begin filming on Wednesday, and take about five weeks to shoot.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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