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Made In Connecticut: Filmmakers Turn East Coast State Into Moviemaking Mecca

May 8th, 2008 8:45am EDT | Noelle Talmon By: Noelle Talmon favorite Add to My News
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullIs Connecticut the new Hollywood? Probably not, but it has become a hotspot for filmmaking. The quaint, colonial towns and Yale's impressive architecture led director Steven Spielberg to direct a portion of his highly anticipated "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in New Haven. Director Sam Mendes admits that the state is a central character in his latest movie, "Revolutionary Road," starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sure, the New England state is beautiful in the fall with its crimson leaves, pumpkin patches, and white picket fences. It features beautiful views of the Long Island Sound, and it's conveniently situated between New York City and Boston. But what's the real appeal of the Nutmeg state? Money. Or rather, money saved.

A recent law allows producers who spend in excess of $50,000 in the state to receive up to 30 percent tax credits. According to the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the expanded tax credit legislation strengthens Connecticut's position as one of the top five U.S. destinations in which to budget a film.

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road



Here is a listing of star-studded movies currently in production in the state:

1) "Everybody's Fine"
A widower takes his grown kids on a road trip in order to reconnect with them after his wife's death. Directed by Kirck Jones, starring Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, and Kate Beckinsale (currently filming in Stanford).

2) "25/8"
A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest. Directed by Wes Craven, starring Denzel Whitaker and Shareeka Epps (filming starts this June in New Milford, Tolland and Stamford).

3) "Confessions of a Shopaholic"
A Manhattan shopaholic whose buying sprees have buried her in immense debt lands a columnist gig dishing out financial advice. Directed by P.J. Hogan, starring Isla Fisher, Joan Cusack, and Kirsten Scott Thomas (currently filming in Bridgeport).

Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic



4) "Old Dogs"
A family comedy that pairs two men as close business partners whose lives are thrown into disarray when twin 7-year olds are put into their care. Directed by Walt Becker, starring Robin Williams and John Travolta (currently filming in Bridgeport).

5) "Untitled Sam Mendes Project"
A married couple search for a place to live before their baby is born. Directed by Sam Mendes, starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph (currently filming in various locations in Connecticut including: Stamford, Bridgeport, and New Haven).

6) "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee"
A comedy drama about a woman who begins a second life after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Directed by Rebecca Miller, starring Robin Wright Penn and Keanu Reeves (recently wrapped up filming in New Millford and will continue filming in Danbury).

The following films were recently made in Connecticut:

"Righteous Kill" starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

"The Six Wives of Henry Lefay" starring Tim Allen

"Made for Each Other" starring George Seagul

"Company Retreat" starring Hart Bochner

"College Road Trip" starring Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symone

College Road Trip

College Road Trip



"For One More Day" starring Michael Imperioli

"The Other Side of the Tracks" starring Chad Lindberg

"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" starring America Ferrera

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2



"Camp Hope" starring Dana Delany

"Laws of Motion" starring Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank

"What Just Happened?" starring Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis

"Pistol Whipped" starring Steven Seagal

"Friends with Benefits" starring Margaret Laney

"The Accidental Husband" starring Uma Thurman

The Accidental Husband

The Accidental Husband



"Factory Girl" starring Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce

"The Bronx is Burning" starring John Turturro and Oliver Platt

"In Bloom" starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood

Noelle Talmon
Story by Noelle Talmon
Starpulse.com contributing writer

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