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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Is This How Movies Are Made?

When is a bribe not a bribe?
Big Stone Gap (the movie) may be filmed in Big Stone Gap (the town)
By Stephen Igo, Kingsport Times-News

Wise - State Sen. William Wampler Jr., R-Bristol, and Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, announced Wednesday a $300,000 pledge grant in incentives to help woo a movie production to Big Stone Gap, the setting of a novel on which the film is to be based.

"Big Stone Gap: A Novel" was published in 2001 by Wise County native Adriana Trigiani, now living in New York City. The novel concerns a 35-year-old bookmobile nerd of a plain-Jane spinster in the 1970s dealing with quirky family and romantic issues.

Wampler said the Tobacco Commission board approved the $300,000 grant to the Virginia Film Office to help the state office convince the film's producers to film some if not most of the footage in Big Stone Gap, the setting of the novel. (link)
I don't know about you but a third of a million dollars would go a long way toward convincing me. But how are those tax dollars being spent? I can see taking the movie producer and director out to lunch at the new Applebee's over by the new Wal-Mart Super Center, but that tab might run 65 bucks. A tour of The Breaks Interstate Park? $10. A back rub? $35. Hookers? Not in By God Southwest Virginia!

The remainder of that $300,000 must be intended for beer. And you're all invited. Should be a hoot. Wear your best duds. We're all going to be in a movie. Me? I'm going for the Justin Timberlake look ...