October 2021 Newsletter
FALL EVENT RECAP
It was so great to see so many of you at our fall event! Sorry for those long check-in lines but we were overjoyed with your response. We have an uphill climb and lots of work to do, but if we stick together anything is possible. For those that still need to get your MPAU membership please go to www.MPAU.org and make it official - you are Utah’s film industry!
A huge thank you to Vega Media Studios for hosting our event; if you haven’t worked with them they are legit professionals and super kind people. We wouldn’t be able to do this without our Partners - Utah Film Studios, Moonrock, and the Utah Film Commission - and their continued support. Also, a special thank you to study donors Paramount Pictures, Park City Chamber, Greater Zion, 3486 Inc. - David Wulf, Utah Valley, Visit Ogden, and Jeffrey Johnson CPA.
We had the privilege of hearing from our lobbyist Charlie Evans, and Virginia Pearce, the Utah Film Commissioner, about the importance of communicating with our legislators in the upcoming session. We will be in touch with further instructions on how to contact your legislator and specific messaging so we can stay consistent.
We introduced a very important impact study in partnership with the Utah Film Commission that will finally give us the numbers to back up what we already know, that film is good business for Utah. Most importantly we announced that you’re going to get a chance to tell your story of how film impacts you and your family.
FILM STUDY/LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION
Tomorrow on October 20th, we will be presenting preliminary numbers for the Oslberg film impact study to an interim board of legislators. All sessions are available for public access here. We will update membership throughout this process and on the numbers once the study is completed. We’d again like to thank our donors and partners for making this study possible. This will help us show our Representatives what we already know - that film is good business for Utah!
The survey is coming out in the next few days. It’s the next step in the educational process. We need your personal stories! The legislators need to hear from the crew that work in the wide spectrum of jobs that this infrastructure provides. It’s imperative everyone responds. We need strong numbers to have a loud voice!
A Whiteboard Video that explains the Tax Rebate Program is well underway. The script is finished and has been passed along to the animator to be ready in time for the session. We will send it out to members to post and send to friends before Thanksgiving.
FILM ADVOCACY DAY ON THE HILL
FEB 3, 2022
Keep this day open to come up and support the film day at Capitol Hill. We win by showing our numbers.
(*This is dependent on COVID-19 protocols at the Capitol Building during this time)
Please feel free to email me or the board, we want to hear from you. If you took any photographs during the fall event, we would love to see those as well! And thank you for keeping an eye out for opportunities for us to share how film positively impacts Utah.
Thank you for being part of our crew,
President of the MPAU