Last night I attended an Ad Hoc Film Committee event held by Councilmembers in LA city hall. Each speaker was allowed 3 minutes to speak in front of the council. You can listen to the whole session below. My statement is at the 1:37:36 mark:
You can hear one of the council members gasp as I revealed the ultimatum given to workers recently at Imageworks to move to Vancouver. It’s a shame there was no video of the meeting. The look on the face of Councilmembers when I revealed that taxpayers in BC pay 60% of resident VFX salaries was devastating.
Councilmember Krekorian had a surprised look at how much BC was paying for film subsidies. Councilmember O’Farrell was nodding with interest when I revealed the legal effort. Councilmember Price complimented me on my presentation after the meeting and I gave him papers explaining the effort.
Afterwards there were a good number of people who gave me their contact information interested in supporting the effort. I handed out fliers directing them to our website and the March in March event. There will be future meetings and I think it’s a good forum to have your voice heard and help shape council members knowledge.