Local rebate gives movies extra incentive to film in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two feature films are shooting on location in Kansas City this week, thanks to a first-of-its-kind incentive program.

Many states have film rebates, so do some cities. This spring, Kansas City became the first city in a state which doesn’t try to lure productions, to give them some extra incentive.

“Here we go ready and action,” All Creatures Here Below assistant director yelled as a production assistant closed the clapperboard.

The movie follows a couple on the run from L.A. to Kansas City. But Thursday as they shot scenes set in L.A., they were actually right on Broadway in Kansas City.

“Today we are actually doubling L.A. in Kansas City, even though that’s where we’re from it made more sense to shoot some L.A. scenes here since we are already here making a movie.”

“All Creatures Here Below” was the first to cash in on a new rebate program from the KC Film Office.

“It’s definitely taking off, it’s only been around for two months and already we are seeing the activity and economic impact,” Stephanie Scuphum said.

“All Creatures Here Below” will shoot here for four weeks, and are expected to spend $800,000 in the metro.

“They are spending money not only on locations here food here, they are hiring all kinds of crew,” Scupham said.

“People want film making here, every location that we go to they are happy to have us,” Greene said.

The film stars David Dastmalchian, best known for roles in Ant Man and The Dark Knight. But when asked about his biggest role he said, “This is the most important project I’ve done to date in my life coming home to tell a story that takes place where I grew up, that I wrote.”

For the Overland Park native, it’s a chance to spend the most time at home in two decades and show off Kansas City’s diverse film locations to the rest of the world.

“From the river to the rail yards to the downtown areas… every day we are shooting in Kansas City it just keeps getting better,” Dastmalchian said.

“All Creatures Here Below” and the other movie that started filming this week, “Different Flowers” have already claimed almost all of the film office’s $75,000 annual rebate budget. Scupham says she hopes to increase that rebate in the future.



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