What have past movies and shows shot in town told the world about who we are?
Viva Las Vegas said we were a glamorous party town. Casino told the world we are a city where money speaks loudest. The Hangover trilogy screams out that Las Vegas is the modern-day equivalent of Rome burning, so get your Colosseum tickets now! All of which are true, depending on who’s telling. But if we’re talking about the super-short run of the new Vegas (obviously shot either in sound stages or New Mexico), it told the world we don’t have any dusty desert or flashy casinos in which to film in Nev-aw-duh. Now that, sir, is a lie.
Perhaps that kind of Hollywood insult will occur less often now, given Governor Sandoval’s June 11 signing of Senate Bill 165. The so-called Nevada Film Tax Incentive Bill (now law) provides millions of dollars in tax credits to production companies who film in the Silver State, making the cost of doing business here far more favorable. And, these credits aren’t just for feature films; they apply to TV commercials and shows, music videos and just about any commercial project requiring film permits. Just think; maybe we’ll soon see a new TV series titled Santa Fe … shot entirely on location in Pioche!
Naked City Covered
Recently, I answered a question about the once glamorous, long-troubled neighborhood Naked City, behind the Stratosphere. Since then, two hopeful developments have taken place in the area known officially as Meadows Village.
Thanks to community donations and effort, work is progressing on rebuilding the Casa de Luz community center. The nondenominational organization has done much to help the neighborhood over the past few years, including providing a food bank for residents whose closest full grocer is two miles away, as well as fostering LV ArtReach, a program for neighborhood children that recently held a group show at the Fallout Gallery.
And on June 20, a groundbreaking ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. at 300 W. Boston Avenue for the half-acre Stupak Park, located across from the Stupak Community Center, which opened in 2010. The city park will include a soccer field, a water play area, picnic tables, and, of course, a swing set. Both of these developments are welcome in a severely challenged Downtown neighborhood that has been overlooked for too long.
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