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New Film Starts Shooting Soon in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa - Three years after the film tax credit scandal broke; KCCI's Cynthia Fodor has learned the film office may soon be up and running again.
Plans call for a new Iowa Film Office to be open by the first of the year.
The move comes as work begins on a new film being produced here in Iowa.
"I don't need to live in LA to do great films, I can do it here in my home," said independent filmmaker Thor Moreno.
He was editing his latest feature film called "Iowa" on Monday when he talked to Fodor.
"It's got a great cast, so proud of these people," said Moreno.
Des Moines will be the setting for another feature-length movie called "Murder Incorporated."
Moreno plans to hire a large cast of in-state actors for more than 100 character roles. He said the roles will include speaking roles as well as extras with shooting planned in nightclubs, restaurants and more.
Projects like these, and recent movies like Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, have helped keep the film industry alive here.
A new film office has been established in the Department of Cultural Affairs and I'm told they are reviewing procedures and staffing to have it up and running in January.