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Webathon Underway To Raise Funds To Advertise Need For Film Tax Breaks

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DETROIT (WWJ) – It worked for RoboCop.  But, can it work for the film incentives?  Supporters are hoping a webcast helps them raise enough money to kick off a statewide ad campaign they hope will help keep the incentives intact. 

FilmCreditsWork.com spokeswoman Sharon Baseman says they hope to raise $46,000 dollars in pledges by Tuesday for the ad campaign. 

She says the incentives have proven time and again that they do work.

“We started a kickstarter.com project to raise money to fund these ads about real people working in the film industry in Michigan, not Hollywood types, you know, to show how it affects the Michigan economy, how many people are gonna be hurt,” says Baseman.

 “We sent out an email blast to all the people who signed up at our site, we are pushing it on Facebook and are asking people to forward it on to their friends,” says Baseman to WWJ.

“Jeff Daniels brother, who has a lumber yard in Chelsea, and they did about $300,000 dollars worth of business from the film industry,” adds Baseman.

A telethon Webcast is being held Sunday to raise funds for a statewide ad campaign to keep the film incentives. 

Governor Rick Snyder has proposed cutting the film tax incentives as part of the states overall budget plan.

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