Tuesday, May 23, 2006

 

Major Movie Studio Planned for the East Coast!

Motion Picture production in the U.S. started on the East Coast. In the 1990s, the U.S. reportedly lost 100,000 film jobs to overseas productions. Today, in Preston, CT, -- ending nearly three years of discussions, negotiations and planning -- voters approved a proposal to build a $1.6 billion movie studio and theme park complex in eastern Connecticut. This is great news! Supporters of the project say it will add tourist dollars into eastern Connecticut and generate tens of thousands of new film production jobs. Opponents argue will lead to crowded roads. With this vote, Melville, N.Y.-based Utopia Studios -- run by Joseph Gentile and his wife, actress Cathy Moriarty-Gentile (Raging Bull) -- will now build movie studios, a climate-controlled theme park, hotels and a film school on the former site of Norwich Hospital. Developers have reportedly estimated that the attractions will bring 8 to 10 million visitors a year, and employ 22,000 workers. Supporters also believe Utopia could help establish a broad-based movie industry in Connecticut and help boost its economy. I agree. We read so often of foreign companies buying up iconic American movie studios (Does Sony own everything yet?) it's nice to hear about a grassroots movement within the country to grow the film industry.

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