Scandal rocked the Iowa Film Office four years ago. Now, a new leader is hoping to rebuild the industry in Iowa.
From 2007 to 2009 filmmakers shot nearly 20 features in Iowa, but since the tax credit scandal the state’s been host to only two films.
That’s something the state’s new multimedia department, Produce Iowa, is working to change.
Now that the office is up and running, it’s leader has a goal to make movie-making an economic power in the state. Liz Gilman believes even without tax incentives, there are still benefits to doing business in Iowa.
“I think Iowa has a lot of great people. We’re Iowa nice. And we’re hardworking, well educated people, and I really think that once we say, hey, we’re open for business, come check us out…that people will,” says Gilman.
Gilman says she doesn’t foresee tax incentives returning to the state anytime soon.
Right now, she’s working on rebuilding the state’s database of movie sites and production companies.