Carolina Film Alliance celebrates state's new film law

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) South Carolina has served as the backdrop for movies like "The Notebook," "The Patriot," "The Prince of Tides" and "Forrest Gump." Hollywood may not be done with the Palmetto State either especially after Gov. Nikki Haley signed a film rebate bill into law recently.

The Carolina Film Alliance celebrated the measure at Fish Restaurant in downtown Charleston on Thursday.

"What this legislation does is it increases the rebates to a competitive level at no extra cost to the taxpayer," said John Deworken, who pushed for the legislation on behalf of the Carolina Film Alliance for several years.

The measure will give the film industry more of a reason to shoot their movies here is state, with hopes of making South Carolina "the Hollywood of the south."

"One good thing that we added to this bill, which is nice, is there is an extra 5 percent rebate if you hire South Carolina residents," said Sunnie Harmon, who assisted Deworken with pushing for the new legislation.

Supporters say the new incentives to film crews will lead to more jobs and a huge boost to the state's economy.

"It helps everybody from carpenters, local hardware stores to local grocery stores, short and long term rentals and much more," said Randall Goldman, whose properties have served as a backdrop in many popular films like "The Notebook."

"A lot of productions have been going to North Carolina and Georgia, skipping South Carolina because we didn't have a long term film rebate legislation," said Richard Futch, the alliance president.

Now members of the Carolina Film Alliance say the film industry will give South Carolina a second look.