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Texas Reneges on ‘Machete’ Incentives

Some despicable news from the south as the Texas Film Commission has denied incentives for Machete, the controversial immigration-related feature film from Robert Rodriguez’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios. The Commission cited part of a state code that says requests for film incentives can be denied “because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion.” Uh, yeah, because Machete is soooo “believable”. What a scuzzy way to avoid paying someone exactly what you promised (which would be close to $2 million). The letter to Troublemaker did not detail why the commission made its findings, and Pirie did not have further comment Wednesday. But the movie, which was released Sept. 3, features a fictional Texas politician who is stoking violent anti-immigration fervor for financial and political gain. The letter from Pirie said that the commission’s ruling “does not affect…other grant applications from Troublemaker, now or in the future.” It could if Rodriguez, and Troublemaker, decide to film in another state.



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