Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher touts Kentucky as great movie location

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Meets with Movie Studio Executives and Top Production Executives

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher is meeting with television, movie and production executives in California, in an effort to attract more companies to film in Kentucky.

“Film-making is another very effective form of economic development for Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. ”It’s an area we will be working to cultivate further in the months to come. A positive picture of Kentucky projected by the film and television industry has a direct effect on our image as a state. People like what they see, so they’ll want to visit or live here, which, in turn creates more jobs, more hope and more opportunity for our people.”

During his two-day business trip, Governor Fletcher is meeting with executives from Paramount Studios, DreamWorks, Universal Pictures and a half dozen other companies. The governor will also be meeting with Jerry Bruckheimer.  Bruckheimer is a leading television and feature film producer. He has produced shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Amazing Race. His film credits include: Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean and King Arthur. Linda Bruckheimer, his wife, is from Louisville. The couple has a home in Bloomfield, Kentucky.

While in California, the governor will listen and find out what movie producers want and need, so Kentucky can become more competitive and attractive to studios and production companies. Several other states offer financial incentive packages. Columbia Pictures recently broke ground in Louisiana for a $20 million facility, just three years after that state created an incentive package. New Mexico and California are examples of other states that have similar programs.

Kentucky has a lengthy film history. Dating back to 1955, 84 different movies have either totally or partially been shot in the commonwealth. They include:

  • 1955 - The Kentuckian
  • 1964 - Goldfinger
  • 1979 - Coal Miner’s Daughter
  • 1986 – Stripes
  • 1988 – Rain Man
  • 1991 – A League of  Their Own
  • 2002 – Seabiscuit
  • 2004 – Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown is one of the most recent films shot in Kentucky. Its premiere will be later this fall.

“Not only will the premiere of Elizabethtown encourage visitors to come to Kentucky,” the success of the film also will encourage other filmmakers to seriously look at Kentucky when selecting movie locations in the future,” said Kentucky Department of Tourism Commissioner Randy Fiveash. “The diversity of our landscape and our people is extremely attractive to movie producers. They can get out of Hollywood, get the scenery they desire, and film a movie much more cost-effectively, all in Kentucky. This will bring more money and more tax dollars into the state.”

The Kentucky Film Office is responsible for marketing the state to the film, television and advertising industries. The office is a division of the Kentucky Department of Tourism and will provide a wide range of services to facilitate film companies’ business here.