Annapolis — Director, producer and Baltimore native Barry Levinson advocated tax incentives for film producers at a press conference outside the State House Tuesday.
Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director who made Baltimore-based films such as “Diner” and “Avalon,” and produced the television series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” said making films in Maryland would stimulate the economy by providing jobs in many different business sectors.
Maryland has a great infrastructure for making films, but has to be competitive with other states, Levinson said. In recent years, states such as Connecticut have become more aggressive in attracting movie studios.
“I cannot shoot movies in Maryland,” Levinson said. “When I was making “Man of the Year,” I wanted to shoot in Maryland, but I had to go to Toronto.”
– By Capital News Service’s Erich Wagner