Film Industry On the Rise in Mobile

Film Industry On the Rise in Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The production crew for the psycho-thriller Convergence is wrapping up one more day of filming at Infirmary West in Mobile. The movie's director tells me the Alabama film incentives played a huge role in choosing the Port city.

Drew Hall is a local boy who attended film school at the University of South Alabama.

"I wanted to see a movie industry thrive in mobile. There is no reason why we cant compete with new orleans. There's no reason why we can't compete with austin in terms of the Indie world. There's no reason why we can't have that stuff. it just takes a little bit of time, investment and patience and luckily Mobile is that kinda city," said Hall.

The dark hallways of Infirmary West are perfect for the movie. Actor Michael T. "Mykelti" Williamson, also known for his roles in Forrest Gump and Waiting to Exhale plays Detective Miller.

"A group of cops go to investigate an explosion but there there's another explosion...and they are running around trying to find out where they need to go. I like it, I would come back and do another movie here," said Williamson.

Out of the production crew of 60, 50 are locals. Once a movie production spends its entire budget of up to 500 thousand in Alabama - it qualifies to receive rebate of up to 35 percent on the dollar for every local hire and 25 percent for every out of state hire.

The director of the Mobile Film Office says she's seen a jump in movie interest since the incentive was passed 4 years ago. In 2011 and 2012 the movie industry brought 37 million dollars to the local economy.

"It's certainly economic development for this area. So many young people are getting jobs," said Eva Golson.

And more jobs are on the way. A casting call for a thriller called "Somnia" will be held at the University of South Alabama's Baldwin County campus this weekend.

"It's about a kid who's dream start manifesting itself on to other people. What's really starting to bring people here is the incentive, that what all the people are looking at are interested in," Joel Sappington, the casting director.

The casting call for "Somnia" will be held at this Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 6:30 at the University of South Alabama's Baldwin County campus in downtown Fairhope. That's located at the corner of St. James and Summit Streets.

They are looking for anyone ages 6 and up. Y
ou'll have your picture and be prepared to give your physical measurements. You will also be asked to fill out a form with your basic information and any special skills you may have.

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