Now states want propaganda from film makers
Once state policymakers required only glamour, street-scenes and local employment from the film productions getting millions in taxpayer money. Now they want PR. Michigan has decided that having Michigan taxpayers pay for a cannibal movie might not be a great idea. From the NYT:
“This film is unlikely to promote tourism in Michigan or to present or reflect Michigan in a positive light,” wrote Janet Lockwood, Michigan’s film commissioner. Ms. Lockwood particularly objected to “this extreme horror film’s subject matter, namely realistic cannibalism; the gruesome and graphically violent depictions described in the screenplay; and the explicit nature of the script.”
These are the hazards of patronage for all artists and journalists. But in truth states shouldn't be using taxpayer money to pay anybody in Hollywood making anything. Maryland has sensibly rejected pleas to have the General Assembly pay welfare to film makers.