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Make it easier to film here

Dear Editor:

I wanted to take a moment to voice my boisterous support of Liz Long of Aspen Productions and Kevin Shand of the Colorado Film Commission. Film and commercial production is a valuable source of revenue, exposure and a benefit to the tourism industry of Colorado as a whole. Most states/counties take an active role in recruiting this type of activity as it’s a revenue-generating industry.

A shoot on the scale of “Cougar Hunting” could easily have gone to another mountain resort, but because it was “born” in Aspen, the producers, to their credit, fought and PAID to keep it local. The result: an enormous cast and crew was assembled, stayed for many weeks, lodged, ate and spent money in Aspen and Pitkin County.

The Colorado Film Commission has been on a tireless campaign to pass legislation to stimulate more of this kind of production, recognizing that our neighbors in New Mexico have encouraged this valuable industry through tax breaks and state-of-the-art studios and sound stages.

The exorbitant fees and unrealistic permitting process do nothing to encourage production crews to consider the film-worthy Aspen area. There’s a significant difference between “not saying no” and actually encouraging business that provides valuable revenue to county/city coffers and employs locals.

I would encourage county officials to consider makings things a bit easier for film, commercial and event production in the area. It pays for itself in the long run.

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Lisa Johnson

Aspen

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