Using the controversy surrounding the Dakota Fanning film “Hounddog”, State Senate Republican leader Phil Berger tells The Wilmington Star that he wants government approval on scripts before filming can be conducted in North Carolina.
A complete violation on free rights? Well not exactly. Seems the system only applies to films seeking the state’s lucrative filmmaker incentive, which refunds as much as 15 percent of what productions spend in North Carolina from the state treasury.
“Why should North Carolina taxpayers pay for something they find objectionable?” said Berger who is presently drafting the proposed legislation.
It is not known whether Hounddog’s producers have or will apply for the incentive. The movie, about a young girl who suffers abuse (including rape) whilst growing up in 1950’s Alabama, caused controversy last week before and after its premiere at Sundance. The final product yielded only mixed reviews and still hasn’t been picked up for distribution.
It’s also unknown at this time whether other States will follow suit, or whether changes like these will continue to push American productions overseas.