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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Alabama's film industry is a growing business and the city of Montgomery took this an opportunity to open its own office dedicated to bringing filmmakers to the city.
"We're very competitive. We've become very competitive; there's so much to offer here." Alabama Film Office director Kathy Faulk works to put the state on the map for movie makers.
"They don't all come to fruition and come here, but we're getting a lot if interest."
A lot of that interest in Montgomery.
"We've had an increasing number of inquiries in Montgomery about commercials, documentaries, feature films." Enough to warrant the city's Development Department, and its director Chad Emerson, to open an office dedicated to film.
"Provide logistical support and to create as site inventory for site selectors."
The city can't go as far as offering incentives, that happens on a state level.
"Pretty much that's what's driving the industry now is the incentives," says Faulk.
But the state office says a team in Montgomery can make a big impact on its efforts.
Faulk continues, "there's only four employees in this office, so we cover everything that we can. Any support in that area from the local community is tremendously helpful."
Help that Chad Emerson seems certain, film makers won't be able to turn down.
"Your film experience in Montgomery will be as good as any film experience in any city in the United States of America."
A philosophy to put Montgomery in more movies.
Until now, Mobile was the only Alabama city to staff a local film office, due to its location near the coast.