Please help keep SF a competitive place to make films. Thousands of jobs depend on it. Please do your part, and call the numbers below and advocate for the original neighborhood notification language to stand.
Notice I received from FilmSF:
ACTION NEEDED NOW IN ORDER TO KEEP SF FILM FRIENDLY AND KEEP PRODUCTIONS HERE!!!!
What You Need to Do: CALL Supervisor Malia Cohen's office @ (415) 554-7670 IDENTIFY WHICH UNION YOU REPRESENT
Why: TO SAVE PRODUCTION JOBS IN SF
Supervisor Cohen (District 10) has introduced Ordinance 140854 which goes before the full Board of Supervisors Tuesday at 2pm, which would require productions to notify neighborhoods 72 hours in advance of filming - with no exceptions. Initially, Supervisor Cohen asked for "24 hour notification, when feasible" but she changed this to 72 hours and withdrew this "when feasible" clause Monday afternoon.
We all know that things change in the production world. "Acts of God" can occur such as:
- Bad Weather (rain or fog can cancel a shoot day)
- Actor suddenly not available due to illness or schedule
- Weather causes flight delays so Director or key crew can't get to SF to film on selected day
- Nearby construction causes noise which prevents recording sound
- Unexpected construction in same place as scheduled location (like a torn up street which wasn't there when it was scouted)
- Location pulls agreement at the last minute
- Creatives see a "better" location driving around our city and change their minds!
This legislation HURTS productions, and HURTS JOBS. It is a signal to productions that San Francisco IS NOT FILM FRIENDLY.
We just had a huge win with the expansion of the State Film Tax Credit, which brings us the opportunity to have MORE production here - MORE LOCAL MIDDLE CLASS JOBS. We can't afford to scare productions away with this type of restriction. We support the need to notify neighborhoods - but there needs to be room for these last minute changes that we all know can happen.
Tell Supervisor Cohen this is important to you - and URGE HER TO RE-INSERT THE "WHEN FEASIBLE" CLAUSE INTO Ordinance 140854
***KEEP CALLING UNTIL YOU REACH SOMEONE. DON'T GIVE UP! State your Union Affiliation!
Also, call as many of the other Supervisors listed below and give them the same message, as they vote on this Tuesday afternoon. If Supervisor Cohen wonâ€™t agree to re-insert the "when feasible" clause, the other Supervisors need to vote this legislation down. They need to hear your voice - “ that this is important to you" - to keep middle class jobs thriving in San Francisco through production. **There is no public comment Tuesday before the Supervisors vote â€“ so between now and Tuesday at 2pm is the time to have your voice heard by all of the Supervisors.
CALL the Supervisors and tell them to VOTE NO ON ORDINANCE 140854
Supervisor Avalos District 11: 415-554-6975
Supervisor Campos District 9: 415-554-5144
Supervisor Kim District 6: 415-554-7970
Supervisor Tang District 4 : 415-554-7460
Supervisor Breed District 5: 415-554-7630
Supervisor Chiu District 3: 415-554-7450
Supervisor Farrell District 2: 415-554-7752
Supervisor Mar District 1: 415-554-7410
Supervisor Wiener District 8: 415-554-6968
Supervisor Yee District 7: 415-554-6516
SAVE FILM JOBS IN SF BY KEEPING SF FILM FRIENDLY!
Pass this email on to your members and friends who value keeping film in San Francisco!
Thanks for your help!
Susannah Greason Robbins
San Francisco Film Commission
City Hall, Room 473
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-554-6642 (direct line)
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