Empty"In New York, California and Canada, you're a number. But in Rhode Island, you're a neighbor," says Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.
The state is aggressively going after entertainment business and it has paid off big. In the last five years, the state has lured over $200 million worth of film, television and commercial productions.
"Because we are such a small state, the network of friends and the ability to contact our elected officials and power brokers is very simple and easy," says Feinberg.
Recent features in the state include Lasse Hallstrom's "Hachiko: A Dog's Story," "Tell Tale" with Josh Lucas, and Fox's "27 Dresses." Showtime's "Brotherhood" is currently wrapping its third season in the state.
Only 48 miles long and 45 miles wide, Rhode Island offers a diversity of locations in a very compact area. "We can go from farm to cityscape in 10 minutes, and from the cityscape to a great coastal shot in 10 minutes," says Feinberg. "And our rush hour traffic lasts five minutes."