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Filmmaker Clifton Archuleta finds room to Breathe in Pueblo

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What do you think the film incentive legislation does for Colorado and Colorado filmmakers?

I don't like speaking in generalizations, but I will. In a lot of the film community here, there's a lot of talk about how great this is for our community. I think that people expected it to bring business here that will then bring more jobs. I don't think that's where the significance lies. I think that is far more connected to [Colorado] being recognized as a legitimate industry, and that's the start. To be honest, we're really not competitive with anyone else. Twenty percent at a $3 million fund is nothing compared to our surrounding states.

It's one of the big pushes I've been hearing: Film in Colorado; it's beautiful. But Colorado's not a very film-friendly place. The weather conditions are completely erratic. It's a beautiful state, just not ideal.

As an immediate, I don't find there's financially any incentive for me. I hope to make a feature next summer, and then it could maybe benefit me in a more direct way. Right now for me, it's more about Colorado establishing the fact that filmmaking is a legitimate industry and the state and government recognizing that. I don't necessarily feel that it's going to have an immediate impact financially on the industry. Three million dollars is not a lot of money; it's pennies compared to what other states can provide.

I think its existence is essential to progress. It's just not big enough at this moment to find a financial significance in a way that can be clearly recognized. It's more about the act itself.

Do you think it will help bring bigger names and Hollywood films to our state?

It may help to some extent. The bigger argument is that Colorado's still an unpredictable place to film. Winters are terrible here. Summers, it storms every afternoon. It's not the most film-friendly state in terms of environment.

I think that because New Mexico has a similar look and far more incentive, even though they just cut their incentives, if I were a company, I probably wouldn't come here. On a more independent level, it will allow filmmakers perhaps to shoot because the 20 percent may cover the money they would save by not having to move to another place.

There's also a minimum budget that's far higher than what I'm spending, so it doesn't help me. When I make a feature it might help a little more, but I probably still won't reach that minimum budget.
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