Philadelphia

GREATER PHILADELPHIA FILM OFFICE ANNUAL PARTY 2009 – Union Trust Restaurant

Today we have two important entries, so after the GPFO entry, keep scrolling down for the Phila Film Festival Party & Info on Tickets. Thanks)

PENNSYLVANIA’S FILM TAX CREDIT IS THREATENED
AND SO ARE YOUR JOBS
AND YOUR BUSINESSES

Joan Bressler, Director of GPFO & Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of GPFO

SIMPLE FACTS:

– PA’S ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE PLANNING TO CUT THE $75M A YEAR PROGRAM TO $49M

– EVERY DOLLAR OF THE $49M IS ALREADY SPENT ON SHOWS EITHER COMPLETED OR SHOOTING NOW IN PA

– A $49M FILM TAX CREDIT IN THIS BUDGET MEANS NO NEW FILMMAKERS WILL CHOOSE PA BETWEEN NOW AND THE 2011 BUDGET

– AND THERE WILL BE NO NEW WORK

– PA WILL HAVE TO PAY YOU, YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, YOUR NEIGHBORS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND ALL PENNSYLVANIANS WILL SUFFER
An Artistic Group: Sophie Steur and Gary Steuer, director of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, Diane Dalto, Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Richard Woosnam, Alan Greenberger and Greta Greenberger. Alan was Director of Philadelphia City Planner, but is now Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Greta is a former art teacher, current Director of the City Hall Tours.
Erica Atwood, Deputy City Rep and James Claiborne. I was glad to run into Erica as I’ve been getting a lot of hits on PCC asking when is the Philadelphia Christmas Tree going to be lit, I guess a lot of peeps are making their plans early, they probably did their shopping already too; The City Hall Tree lighting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd.
Jimmy Contreras, Vera Masi, and Matthew Vlahos. Look for something big in the media for Matt & Jimmy. Erin Elmore & Nina Tinari. Erin is newly single and I will be vetting her dating card. Send inquiries to me. Nina Tinari is entirely too busy lobbying in Harrisburg for many of the good causes in our City not to be forgotten in the state budget.

TAKE ACTION NOW; Fight For The Pa Film Tax Credit! 1. EMAIL YOUR GOVERNOR AND YOUR PA LEGISLATORS WITH THE FOLLOWING LINK Click here to send the following email to all of the legislators that need to hear from you. Please write your message or copy and paste the text below into the body of your email. Dear Elected Officials: I LIVE AND WORK IN PA AND MY FAMILY’S (AND OR MY FRIENDS’/NEIGHBORS’) LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON THE FILM INDUSTRY. A CUT IN THE FILM TAX CREDIT TO $49 MILLION OR LESS MEANS THAT I WILL BE COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT IN PA INSTEAD OF PAYING TAXES. A PA FINANCED STUDY OF THE FILM TAX CREDITS SAID THAT OUR PROGRAM CREATED 4,000 NEW JOBS IN ONE YEAR. AN ANNUAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT COSTS PA $14,500 PER PERSON. IF ONLY 2,000 OF US LOSE OUR JOBS OVER THE CUT TO THE TAX CREDITS, PA WILL HAVE TO PAY OUT $29 MILLION IN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. AND THE TAXES WE PAY TO THE STATE WILL BE FURTHER REDUCED. PLEASE, STIMULATE JOBS WITH THE $75 MILLION TAX CREDIT NOW. RESPECTFULLY, ____________ 2. CALL YOUR GOVERNOR AND YOUR PA LEGISLATORS AND TELL THEM TO FULLY FUND THE FILM TAX CREDIT

Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Office
Phone: (717) 787-2500 Inga and Sal D’Angelo with Erin Elmore. Jack Nicholson often ordered take out from D’Angelo’s restaurant and had it delivered to him at his hotel around the corner.
Thanks to the sponsors. The AKA has been home to a lot of the stars that have stayed in our fair City of late. OH and if you are that certain someone who keeps lifting ideas from my blog & using them, I wouldn’t mind a little credit, a little promo, a shout out, or something. It’s become kinda funny when the folks come back to me to say you’ve called them right after I posted the tidbit on my blog (They’re excited that you’ve called, but also wonder why there’s no credit or mention of me two diff folks asked this week. [If you need a reference check out Michael Klein’s column yesterday where he mentions the see thru Boyd’s floor I broke on my blog, or Dan Gross’ column a few weeks back where he mentions I broke the Renee/Bradley Starbucks visit])
Nicole Ross, Gar Giles (Congrats to Nicole & Gar who just got married!!!), Shane Mayo, Nakia Mayo & Marcus von Hippinstal.
Kristie Bergey & Danille Alderman. Kristie is hard at work on the Philadelphia fashion Week which begins 10/8 which is going to be awesome. I will be there Thursday & Saturday nights!!
Erin Elmore and Susan Helfrich (Can you tell who I brought as my date to the GPFO party)

Thanks to the sponsors. Last month the Reese Witherspoon/PaulRudd/Owen Wilson just filmed a scene inside Union Trust for the James L Brooks movie.
Call your reps and tell them that the Tax Credit for the Film Office matters,:

PA Senate Officers & Leadership: PA House of Representatives Officers & Leadership
Joseph B. Scarnati III (R)
(814) 726-7201
(717) 787-7084

Dominic Pileggi (R)
(610) 358-5183
(717) 787-4712

Robert J. Mellow (D)
(570) 489-0336
(717) 787-6481

Jane Clare Orie (R)
(412) 630-9466
(717) 787-6538

Michael A. O’Pake (D)
(717) 787-8925

Michael L. Waugh (R)
(717) 846-2828
(717) 787-3817

Vincent J. Hughes (D)
(215) 471-0490
(717) 787-7112

Robert D. Robbins (R)
(724) 588-1323
(717) 787-1322

Sean Logan (D)
(412) 380-2242
(717) 787-5580

Jake Corman (R)
(814) 355-0477
(717) 787-1377

Jay Costa (D)
(412) 241-6690
(717) 787-7683

Patrick M. Browne (R)
(610) 821-8468
(717) 787-1349

Christine M. Tartaglione (D)
(215) 533-0440
(717) 787-1141

John Pippy (R)
(412) 262-2260
(717) 787-5839

Richard A Kasunic (D)
(724) 626-1611
(717) 787-7175

Representative Keith R. McCall (D)
(570) 645-7585
(717) 787-4610

Hon. Todd A. Eachus (D)
(570) 450-7905
(717) 787-2229

Hon. Samuel H. Smith (R)
(814) 938-4225
(717) 787-3845

Hon. H. William DeWeese (D)
(724) 627-8683
(717) 783-3797

Hon. Mike Turzai (R)
(412) 369-2230
(717) 772-9943

Hon. Mark B. Cohen (D)
(215) 924-0895
(717) 787-4117

Hon. Sandra Major (R)
(570) 836-5888
(717) 783-2910

Hon. Jennifer Mann (D)
(610) 821-5577
(717) 705-1869

Hon. Jerry Stern (R)
(814) 695-2398
(717) 787-9020

Hon. Dwight Evans (D)
(215) 549-0220
(717) 783-1540

Mario J. Civera Jr.(R)
(610) 853-4115
(717) 787-3850

Hon. Ron Buxton (D)
(717) 986-1673
(717) 783-9342

Hon. Merle H. Phillips (R)
(570) 286-5885
(717) 787-3485

Hon. P. Michael Sturla (D)
(717) 295-3157
(717) 787-3555

Hon. Stan Saylor (R)
(717) 244-9232
(717) 783-6426