Indiana made film overcomes financial, site hurdles


An Indiana-born filmmaker says he valued "authenticity" more than financial aid when it came time to make a movie in southwestern Indiana.

Filmmaker Michael Rosenbaum tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that he chose Newburgh, Ind., over places like Los Angeles to shoot "Back in the Day" because he wanted it to accurately depict the movie's Midwest setting.

Doing so likely cost Rosenbaum money. Indiana's tax credit for filmmakers expired in late 2011.

Indiana has been the site of some well-known films, including "Breaking Away," ''Hoosiers," ''Rudy" and "A League of Their Own." But it has found itself overlooked in recent years as its incentives disappeared.

The nonprofit Indiana Media Production Alliance is proposing legislation that would include a 30 percent rebate or refundable tax credit on filmmaking expenditures.

Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal 

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