Like Captain Picard in the film and television series, “Star Trek,” only needs three words and he knows the job will be done, “Make It So,” this let’s others know you’re in control, and might be a good choice for command. The real leader has no need to lead– he is content to point the way. – Henry Miller.
The issue of the vetoed NJ Digital Media and Film Tax Credit has caught the attention of Actor, producer, director, filmmaker and energy/green activist Antonio Saillant, who lives in New York City-[but grew up in Northvale, NJ], could well be called a Renaissance man – a man with many passions and talents and who intends to point the way.
Saillant is looking to filming in NJ, a movie entitled “The Golden Knights,” which is partly autobiographical and wholly inspirational. A movie about the 1979 Old Tappan football team which tells the tale of how a losing [team] began to [turn that streak around and] sow the first seeds of promise and pride in the school and surrounding towns. The whole turning point of the Golden Knights was then, where my older brother Angel [died in a 1987 car accident, but was the football team’s captain] was on the 1979 team. “[After a very long losing streak] they started being successful and then they won states in 1985, and the journey continues.” Every night, Saillant sees himself up late poring over ways to make this happen, reading your letters, and writing notes to people he met. He is doing that for you — working hard every day to make sure he can finish what he started.
Saillant is looking for support not only from the people in New Jersey but the support from every state to prove his point, so please sign petition to approve or look into the case for the return of vetoed Digital Media and Film Tax Credit. The Governor hasn’t given any ground on the issue, though the Fort Lee Film Commission has Bergen County Senators Loretta Weinberg and Paul Sarlo in their corner. The two Democrats pushed to reinstate the tax credit in October of last year so let’s all pitch in by passing this Petition to see if we can make this happen for 2012.
Governor Christie suspended the film tax credit program in 2010 to close a budget deficit, but the 2009 season still qualified for the credit.
Why reinstate the Film Tax Credit in the State of New Jersey?
1. It would create jobs.
2. It would bring television and film productions and visitors to the state and celebrate Fort Lee’s rich film history.
3. New Jersey has a great history so it would preserve New Jersey’s motion picture legacy.
Quoted from a good friend of Mr. Saillant, “To create an incentive like this will encourage more businesses to come to NJ how does this NOT MAKE GOOD BUSINESS SENSE.”
Support the NJ Digital Media and Film Tax Credit.
Let’s impress upon all of you, as well as the governor’s office, that [New Jersey has] a proud history of the arts and to believe that a program like HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” chronicling a slice of our state’s history, is actually being filmed in Long Island rather than Atlantic City. The reality is that Boardwalk Empire chose to go to New York with higher production costs because they could recoup those losses through [New York’s] generous tax credit.
Saillant, had the privilege of shadowing the executive producer, Ted Kotcheff at the end of the 11th season just before they received word of the ending of the tax incentive. “Law & Order: SVU” was the first victim of New Jersey’s suspension of its film and tv production tax credit. The veteran NBC crime drama has been the highest profile TV series based in New Jersey. Its sets have been housed at NBC’s Central Archives building in North Bergen. Losing the state’s 20% tax incentive, the shows exit from New Jersey had an impact on the local economy.
As stated by Tom Meyers, executive director of the Fort Lee Film Commission during an interview with the NJ.com. “Law and Order SVU,” which frequently shot in Fort Lee, was worth millions to the state, CBS reported at the time, and the tax credit program itself brought in as much as $1 billion. But it was collateral damage in the political fight that ensued, and after 10 years of shooting in New Jersey, “Law and Order” hopped across the Hudson. Meyers says they still shoot the occasional scene in New Jersey — a recent faux-Zuccotti Park scene was set up in Fort Lee’s Monument Park — but most of the production now goes on in New York. Meyers also told NJ.com, “We’re not talking about throwing taxpayers’ dollars out the window,” and “They don’t get a nickel until they spend X amount of dollars in the state, so the idea of this being a giveaway is nonsense.”
Saillant has one more idea to help create a “Jersey Comeback” for the film industry by filming in NJ, a movie entitled “The Golden Knights,” where he will create and implement environmentally sound practices. Bring future films that will represent the best that green living has to offer in order to better our environment not only in the State of New Jersey but the world.
Saillant’s company, Angel Light Pictures Entertainment Group has a vision and passion to creating energy efficiency in movies and television. As one of the most outspoken “green” professionals in New York City and Hollywood, Saillant is very proactive in the area of energy conservation and in helping television and movie industry colleagues push their initiatives forward with green outcomes, production and results. In his career, he has previously saved energy and dollars across industries for hospital systems and universities (Columbia and NYU), pharmaceuticals and major businesses in New York City and New Jersey, including Radio City Music Hall, the old Yankee Stadium, The Hebrew Home of the Age and The Jewish Home Lifecare in New York. In the past decade, Saillant combined his knowledge of the energy business with the entertainment industry in hope of contributing to a green planet.
Saillant will visit the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on Wednesday, April 18. 2012, as a featured speaker and guest for this years Syracuse University’s Energy Systems and Sustainability Department which is doing a Showcase on a campus- wide sustainability event which highlights students’ work in regard to environmental sustainability. This year’s showcase theme is “Green Economy,” with one of the main focuses being greening of the entertainment industry.
With sustainable solutions for our planet, his Green Angel Company is committed to demonstrating that the movie and television industry can be responsible, using tactics and strategies for green energy. In his career, Saillant has provided hundreds of clients with energy and sustainable solutions, regarding the perceptions, barriers and opportunities for energy efficiency and he will continue to do so.
The movie industry is positioned to reach a worldwide audience using “green-energy” in films and television. Most major Hollywood studios, such as Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros., are now following the Green Path. Tapping into the world of film and television, which consumes vast amounts of energy and unsustainable resources around the world, makes economical sense. Angel Light Pictures Entertainment Group’s web site will provide information on “Being Green” through its affiliate Green Angel Productions. Filled with ideas, his company will help large to small independent filmmakers with information about how to be green and using green products and services for their productions. These types of changes within the movie industry will attract wide attention and bring positive influence to others in following many green practices, replicated in other business and industries. Let’s aim high by partnering with simpatico film and television professionals to leverage the right resources and partners necessary to make use of sustainable practices. Angel Light Pictures and its Green Angel Productions will strive to create a positive message to people all over the world with industry-relevant information, tools, and strategies to support a Green Planet.
During his visit, Saillant will lunch with various SU Newhouse Communications School faculty and SU Showcase Sustainability Fellows (students).
In addition, Saillant will be a part of a panel along with 3-4 SU TV/Radio/Film, Theater, etc. faculty members discussing “Sustainability in the Entertainment Industry” (Q&A format).
Subsequently, His signature and logos speak for themselves:
• The Green Angel Production Company: The art of learning and staying green through film and television
• Growing for the future of a cleaner and green world through film and television
• Going Green and Staying Green – A Green Angel Production
• Planet earth is calling all of us” with – “Save the Planet”: Rock Blue, Rock Green
Going Green is the phase that many use to refer to Econ-friendly initiatives – since we are a going green but doing so in the ocean, we refer to “going green” as “going blue”. After all the entire world is mostly water.
The high cost of making movies today virtually guarantees that any state that doesn’t offer some form of tax incentive is certain “to lose out on the lion’s share of the business.
Sometimes the true leaders of the world have to take a stand and lead the way in order for people to follow.
Please Support and sign the petition below by clicking the link and following the instructions.
“Make It So.“
Read about, Antonio Saillant in this recent article by the International Policy Digest.
And in The Sustainability International Forum in Roma, Italy.
For information for The Green Future of the Entertainment Industry: Wednesday, April 18, 11 am | Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center. Percussion performance by Josh Dekaney; panel discussion with director Antonio Saillant, music business manager Phil Sarna, and media production expert Jason Kohlbrenner SU Showcase lunch event.