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Governor Celebrates Opening of The Maine Studio

August 25, 2009

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today attended the ribbon cutting for The Maine Studio in Portland. The Maine Studio is a collaborative effort that will create a new film production studio in Maine and bring together film, theater, music and art professionals in a single location.

“The Maine Studio will put under one roof some of Maine’s most creative minds,” Governor Baldacci said. “The benefits from having a robust film industry are undeniable. This collaborative effort will create an atmosphere were talented people can work together, share ideas and promote Maine as an attractive option for film production.”

Legislation introduced this spring (LD 1449) would have created new incentives to attract film production to the State. The bill will be reconsidered during the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature.

“When it became clear that funding for the film incentive wasn’t available, members of the industry began working on alternative ways to fund the bill and build our State’s capacity,” Governor Baldacci said. “This type of collaborative, can-do approach is what sets Maine apart.”

The Maine Studio is located in a 43,000-square-foot warehouse at 235 Presumpscot St. in Portland. The first year of the lease is being donated by Frank Nappi Sr. and Frank Nappi Jr. of Nappi Distributors.

The facility will also include a part-time location for use by the Maine Film Office.

In addition, the facility will incorporate environmentally friendly policies, including methods for energy conservation, recycling and waste reduction, and through procurement.

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