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TEXAS OFFICIALS DENY TAX INCENTIVES FOR MACHETE

December 9, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

In a decision that could damage its relationship with the state’s most prolific filmmaker, the Texas Film Commission has rejected Robert Rodriguez’s application for tax incentives for Machete, citing state code barring incentives for films that display “inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion.” The letter did not mention specific plot lines or performances that the commission found offensive; however, the movie features a fictional Texas politican who murders illegal immigrants, incites anti-immigration fury among his supporters, and sets up a Mexican mercenary to take the fall for an assassination attempt.” The film had been denounced by numerous conservative talk-show hosts. The (anonymous) operator of the Austin,TX-based BigShinyRobot.com website, called the decision “ridiculous” and noted that the film commission was aware from the beginning what the content of the film was going to be. “You give film incentives to shoot locally because you want to support a local film industry, create local jobs, and compete with other states’ incentives,” he wrote. “Aside from the most egregious violations, should you care about content that much? No. If you do, that’s something we like to call ‘Censorship.’”

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  • Galileo

    Censorship would be not allowing the film to be shot… or preventing it’s shooting. It is a person and or entity deciding that the do not want to fund something. They disagree with the content and are exercising their right to decline participation. This is not censorship.

  • Joseph A Gagnepain

    It’s not “funding” the project. It’s telling a multi-million dollar production, that they will charge them a lower tax percentage, in exchange for them spending Millions of dollars in their state. Then after they come there, instead of filming in another state that does have an incentive, like New Mexico, the state is trying to stiff them. It’s pretty lame. If I worked in the industry their I’d be pissed because now films are going to be afraid to film, and it’s going to hurt their local economy.

  • Tlsnyder42

    Filmmakers should clean up the offensive bits in their movies. 85% of it is gratuitous and adds nothing. Texas doesn’t need to support racist, R-rated Latino movies like MACHETE.

  • Galileo

    I mis-spoke when I said “fund” …

  • takeshi

    IN YOUR OPINION. “Offensive” and “gratuitous” are highly subjective and I’m not sure I’d trust a conservative group to make such decisions for all Texans.

  • Funone

    Being a Texan, I can say that Machete doesn’t portray Texas and Texans in a negative light. It is in fact portraying Texas and many Texans as they actually are. Texans recently elected a governor and a majority of legislators that favor building border fences, and IMO are simply redneck racists dressed up in expensive suits.