Film Fest Director Urging State to Step Up

Posted: Updated:
(Left-to-Right: Erin Erdmann, Visit Bloomington and Jessica Levandoski, Middle Coast Film Festival) (Left-to-Right: Erin Erdmann, Visit Bloomington and Jessica Levandoski, Middle Coast Film Festival)
BLOOMINGTON -

The director of the Middle Coast Film Festival, which begins Friday in downtown Bloomington, says the goal is to recruit as many filmmakers to the state as possible. Jessica Levandoski says the state is losing jobs to neighboring states that support the industry. Levandoski and the recently-founded Indiana Film Production Tax Credit Committee plan to push legislators to create tax incentives for films produced in Indiana. She was joined by Erin Erdmann from Visit Bloomington on Inside INdiana Business Television to talk about the growing event and the industry's potential impact in Indiana.

They expect visitors in town from film hubs such as New York and Austin at this weekends festivities. "It's just another great opportunity for people to experience what Bloomington has to offer," she said. "We're a really progressive, hip, idyllic, educated town and we're providing an opportunity for people to enjoy films while they're here."

The event continues to grow. More than 1,000 attendees are expected this weekend, with five screens showing a total of 70 films. Levandoski, an Austin native, says the Middle Coast Film Festival could serve as a gateway to showcasing the state for filmmakers. She used her hometown as an example and said its prominent micro-film scene sprouted from just one successful film. Levandoski sees "no reason" why Bloomington can't be on Austin's level. Visiting filmmakers in previous years, she said, have been "knocked out" by what the Monroe County city offers in assets, locations and resources.

Middle Coast film screenings run throughout Friday and Saturday. A full schedule can be found here.

  • Perspectives

    • (photo courtesy of Conexus)

      Getting the Word Out About Manufacturing & Logistics

      As the epicenter of the nation’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, Indiana has a compelling story to tell about how Hoosier companies make and move the goods people depend on every day. Our goal is to ensure everyone hears these stories – many of which share a common theme focused on cutting-edge technologies that are transforming the way products are made and moved around the world and the people who use them. Conexus Indiana launched an...

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (photo courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Historic Hospital to be Torn Down in Gary

      A building that once represented the racial divide in the city of Gary, but long provided health care to the African American community, will soon fall to a wrecking ball. The city says it intends to raze the long-abandoned St. John’s Hospital. 

    • Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

      Red Bull to Discontinue Air Race World Championship

      The Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, originally scheduled for October, has been canceled as a result of Red Bull's decision to discontinue the Air Race World Championship following the 2019 season. The company says the races scheduled between June and September in Russia, Hungary and Japan will run as planned. 

    • (photo courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Approves Plan to Level Mansion, Build New Homes

      The property where an aged, Victorian-era, mansion in Valparaiso currently stands will become the site of 15 new homes, described as “upscale.” The Valparaiso Board of Zoning Appeals approved the variances needed for Downtown Valparaiso Partners LLC to proceed with the project, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. 

    • Hamilton County is the highest-ranked Indiana community.

      Carmel Tops 'Best Places to Raise a Family' List

      Carmel tops Yahoo Finance’s list of the "Top Ten Places to Raise a Family in the Midwest." The city was recognized for its low poverty rate, high graduation rates and reading proficiency.

    • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

      Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

      The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.