Thursday, June 18, 2009

‘Leverage’ brings lights, cameras, paychecks to Portland

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Check out this article on the economic impact of film and television production in our area! Please continue to contact your Oregon legislators; SB621 is still hanging in the balance.

‘Leverage’ brings lights, cameras, paychecks to Portland
by Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian
Thursday June 18, 2009, 6:37 AM

With a record 12.4 percent unemployment rate in Oregon and about 12 percent unemployment in Portland, there’s at least one bright spot on the local job horizon: Hollywood has come to town — and been hiring.

Lana Veenker has spent the past several weeks sending out e-mails like this: “URGENT CALL FOR 60 EXTRAS ON ‘LEVERAGE.’ ” The pressure’s been on for Veenker, who runs her own casting company. But she’s not complaining. Lots of work? In this economy? Veenker and other members of Portland’s filmmaking community say they welcome it.

Link to full article.