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Drew Mayer-Oakes, San Antonio Film Commission
Javier Flores, Department for Culture & Creative Development
MovieMaker Magazine Names San Antonio one of the "Top 10 Large Cities to Live and Work as a Moviemaker"
San Antonio (Feb.27,2015) - MovieMaker Magazine has named San Antonio one of its “Top 10 Large Cities to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” in the publication’s winter 2015 issue. This is the first time San Antonio has made the Top 10 list after being included in the magazine’s "Up and Coming" section for the last few years. San Antonio is joined by cities such as New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Austin and Atlanta.
MovieMaker Magazine, with a circulation of more than 50,000 copies, is the most widely-distributed magazine dedicated to independent movie-making in the world, and the MovieMaker.com website has more than six million visitors annually.
“San Antonio has long been known as a great city in which to live and work,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “Our rich and diverse history and culture have for generations been a stimulating source for creative ideas and artistic excellence, so it's not surprising that we'd be recognized as one of the top 10 big cities for moviemakers to live and work.”
This distinguished recognition comes as the filmmaking industry continues to grow beyond Hollywood and make a positive impact on markets throughout the country. In Texas, there are more than 200 film and television production companies that attract filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.
"San Antonio is a city that supports and fosters moviemaking, and this recognition highlights the efforts by the San Antonio Film Commission to make San Antonio one of the country’s most respected and recognized cities for filmmaking,” said San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “As the industry continues to flourish in Texas, San Antonio’s unique cultural background and top quality of life will make this city a stand-out choice for regional, national and international moviemaking opportunities."
The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development, has emerged as a go-to resource for filmmakers. As a full-service agency that promotes the art and craft of moviemaking in San Antonio, the film commission provides an array of services available to filmmakers including: location scouting, liaison services, permitting, crew and casting calls, and more.
Local film premieres and screenings are now commonplace in San Antonio. Recent local film projects include: "The Adventures of Pepper and Paula," "The One I Wrote for You," "The Walking Deceased," "Now Hiring," "Mahogany Sunrise" and "Sanitarium." These independent features were financed, filmed and completed in San Antonio.
The film "Sanitarium" stars Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips and Lacey Chabert, along with local talent – many of whom have been working on other feature projects continuously since their time spent on "Sanitarium."
"For my team, filming and posting in San Antonio made perfect sense," said director/writer/producer Kerry Valderrama. "We were able to create ‘Sanitarium’ in San Antonio, hiring most of our key actors and crew right here in the city."
The winter 2015 edition of MovieMaker Magazine is available on newsstands now. “Sanitarium” and the other above-mentioned films can be found through online resellers and Redbox.
For more information about the San Antonio Film Commission, visit www.filmsanantonio.com.
Your guide to arts and culture events in San Antonio is GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.
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