Movie Shoot Expected to Drop About $5M into RI Economy

Apr 10, 2013

The head of Rhode Island’s film office said tax credits helped lure an independent film production starring Mark Ruffalo. The movie will be shooting around the state until mid-May.

The film, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is based on the life of its director, who happened to have spent time in Rhode Island. Head of the state’s film office, Steven Feinberg, said Massachusetts and New York were courting the production, but Rhode Island landed the film thanks to tax credits and some unique locations.

“They love Wayland Square, which will be prominently in the film,” said Feinberg, “and there’s a few other locations in East Greenwich and Warwick as well as a couple of our state parks, which were very attractive to them.”

Feinberg said productions have to do business with Rhode Island companies to qualify for the tax credit. He puts the film’s economic impact at just under $5 million.

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