TENNESSEE PAID FOR ROBIN WILLIAMS MOVIE THAT ISN”T DISTRIBUTED

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One of Robin Williams last four films cost Tennessee $302,000. “Boulevard” has been shown in film festivals, but no mainstream distributor will touch it. It could very well be the fact that the main storyline is about Williams being gay. Something else that would grate tax payers is the movie does not specifically talk about Nashville or Tennessee. With the company that made the film needing tax dollars, it would help the state to have some mention. The question also is being asked as to why a state is giving money for any movie.

 

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Tennessee filmed “Boulevard”

Here, via Us Magazine, is how Robin Williams describes the movie.

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Us Weekly spoke to Williams in July 2013 about the film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. At the time, he was working on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, but admitted to gravitating toward independent films. 

“Why? Because they’re great stories,” he explained to Us. “[Boulevard]’s a very beautiful and sad movie about this guy who falls in love with a gay prostitute, basically comes out. He’s married, and he has to come out to his wife and he’s not fulfilled on that level. It was powerful to do.”

The Tennessee tax dollars

The Tennessee Economic and Community Development paid out $302,000 with the hopes that “Boulevard” would advertise Tennessee in some way. Camellia Entertainment and the ECD spokesman Clint Brewer believes it does benefit the state. Here is what Brewer said, via an article on Watchdog.org.

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“After viewing the director’s cut and having a conversation with the production company, it is our understanding that the film clearly takes place in Tennessee and specifically Nashville,” Brewer said.

“The film includes very obvious shots of the Nashville skyline. The city and the state are also recognized in the credits. In addition, the production company is marketing it as being shot in Tennessee.”

In April, Brewer said the film festival circuit is a common business tactic for independent films to take in winning distribution.

Brewer also said mass audiences eventually will see the movie, one way or another.

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Tennessee had issues when the recession started with job loss. It would seem the state government is being desperate and spending money on anything.

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