I am so happy that all of Savannah can sleep well tonight that Savannah's movie, television and commercial industry won't be harmed one iota because of the number of babies that Georgia's new heartbeat law will save. God forbid if we were to lose money; to hell with human life!
The crass materialism of Georgiawood and its smaller counterpart, Hollywood, is amazing and quite sad if not demonic.
Savannah film industry leaders not worried over abortion bill
Savannah’s film and entertainment industry workers shouldn’t be too worried over Georgia’s new restrictive abortion bill, local officials said.
The industry at large has threatened to boycott filming in Georgia because of this bill.
Attorney Charles “Bo” Bowen said the legislation, known as the “Heartbeat bill” will likely never go into effect. Bowen founded the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015 and currently serves on numerous local corporate, banking, transportation and entertainment boards and councils.
“Just from a legal standpoint, it’s clearly unconstitutional,” Bowen said. Bowen believes the legislation is designed to be a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark ruling in Roe vs. Wade.
“I think it will be appealed by 2020,” Bowen said of Georgia’s legislation.
Defining the bill
In 2017, there were 27,453 abortions reported for Georgia residents. In Chatham County that year there were 1,097 Savannah residents who had abortions.
House Bill 481 prohibits abortion when there is a detectable human heartbeat — which can be as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Abortions would only be allowed if a physician determines there is a “medical emergency” in which an abortion is needed to save the life of the mother or prevent substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman; the pregnancy is medically futile, meaning that an unborn child has a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth.
An abortion will also allowed up to the 20th week of gestation if the pregnancy is from rape or incest and if there has been an official police report made.
The legislation also states that an unborn child with detectable heartbeat can be claimed as a dependent on income tax returns; can be counted as part of the population; can receive financial support from a parent; gives a person (most cases the parents) the right to recover the full value of the child’s life beginning at the point of a detectable heartbeat and is provided full legal recognition “above the minimum requirements of federal law.”
In 2018 the Savannah Regional Film Office reported direct spending from the entertainment production industry hit a record high of $120.1 million. The total economic impact for the region in 2018 was $254 million. The film office and the Savannah Economic Development Authority are partners.
Both state and local incentives are offered, with the state offering up to a 30 percent transferable tax credits.
The program is available for qualifying projects, including feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, animation and game development.
Savannah production incentives include cash rebates for film or television products. SEDA manages the production incentives.
Bowen noted that some actors calling for a boycott of the state over the legislation are missing the mark.
In the Savannah area there are over 400 crew members, with about half that number being union members.
Bowen said actors are not the ones who make location decisions.
“It’s investors,” Bowen said. “And as long as they can get the best deal here, they’ll film here.”
Bowen said Georgia’s reputation, however, will take a hit.
“Georgia needs a reputation for moving forward,” Bowen said. “In the best case scenario, this (abortion bill) will affect, but not cripple the industry.”
Trip Tollison, president and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, has a similar take on the issue.
Local workforce and sound stages are just a couple of items looked at before a location is chosen, Tollison said.
“I’d argue we have the best state in the country to bring entertainment productions,” Tollison said.
Savannah-based Kat Robertson, a professional make-up artist with commercial/music video/film and television experience, also isn’t concerned.
“In my opinion, one should have nothing to do with the other,” Robertson said. “The ramifications of this abortion bill and the growth of the local film industry are not synonymous, and where I do understand political positions and film making may effect one another, I do not believe in this instance that this should be the case.”