This is a follow-up to Tuesday’s blog post about two film projects being shot in Idaho. I was surprised when actor Terry Kiser reached out to talk about how impressed he was with both projects and what a great film town Boise could be.
Kiser came to work on Will von Tagen’s “The Other Side of September” with his longtime friend Lee Majors. He also picked up another gig while he was here, a second film that is being shot in the Treasure Valley by 17-year-old filmmaker Connor Williams titled “The Spoilers.” Williams heard Kiser was in town and approached his agent to offer him a role he was trying to fill. Kiser was happy to oblige.
“What a gem of a city,” he said Tuesday. “It’s so neat and open and clean. I had a great experience, from rafting the river to the tour we took of the Boise State football complex. I was very taken with the city. It’s a great place to make film.”
Kiser is best known as Bernie in “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “Weekend at Bernie’s II” as well as from a litany of other TV and film appearances. He currently stars in the TV series “Bail Out” and “The Family Business.” The latter will debut in the fall.
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“I hope they’re able to get incentives going there. It’s a great place to make a movie. You have so many great venues from the Downtown to the desert to the river,” he said.
In 2008, the Legislature passed sales tax incentives for media productions, but the program was never funded. States use incentives to draw film productions, which in turn bring a boost to the economy with them. States with attractive incentives include New Mexico, Louisiana and Michigan.
The city recently saw the premiere of "Among Ravens," a film shot mostly in McCall. Despite the lack of incentives, filmmakers — especially those with Idaho roots and connections — occasionally return to work. But Kiser says an incentive program would make a difference.