Today The Stranger published a letter from some of Washington State’s most successful female filmmakers that was addressed to House Finance Chair Kristine Lytton (40, D). Because the film industry has not been able to meet face-to-face with Representative Lytton this legislative session, the letter is a very powerful and public plea to save the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP). The letter reminds Representative Lytton that the MPCP has great support on both sides of the aisle and that organizations such as the Washington State Labor Council and the Association of Washington Businesses support its renewal.
The bill to renew the MPCP is stuck in the House Finance Committee (despite the fact that more than half of the committee members are sponsors of the bill). The clock is ticking and we must work together to remind key budget negotiators that this bill has wide and unwavering support.
Take this letter and share it with your elected officials and the following key budget negotiators. Ask them to include the MPCP in the final budget. The future of film in this state depends on it.
Speaker Frank Chopp (43, D)
Representative Pat Sullivan (47, D)
Representative Kristine Lytton (40, D)
Representative Larry Springer (45, D)
Senator John Braun (20, R)
Senator Randi Becker (2, R)
Senator Kevin Ranker (40, D)
Senator Jamie Pedersen (43, D)
Senator Sharon Brown (8, R)