Philadelphia Film Office has best year ever

Eleven major films and TV series shot in Philly in 2009

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office logged its biggest production year ever in 2009, because of 11 major films and TV series -- including James L. Brooks upcoming untitled movie -- that shot in Philadelphia.

The productions created 2,000 jobs and generated close to one half billion dollars in economic impact.

Besides the Brooks project, the movies that shot in Philadelphia included "Tech," "Right Hand Man," "Night Catches Us," "The Best and the Brightest," "The Last Airbender," "Cafe" and "Redemption." The series were "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Cold Case."

"In 2009 we welcomed more big movie stars and directors to the area and are thrilled to report a much larger economic boon to the region than in any time in my 18 years at the Film Office. Best of all, the outlook for the film industry in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region for 2010 is stellar, thanks to the survival of the Pennsylvania film tax program," Sharon Pinkenson, executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, said.

Additionally, "Arlen Faber," "Dare" and "Big Fan" which shot in Philly, debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. And "Big Fan" and "The New York Parade" were nominated for the Spirit Award's John Cassavetes Award.

"Night" and "Blue Valentine," both hailing from Philly, will screen in competition at the upcoming Sundance.