In the new HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects,” Amy Adams stars as a St. Louis newspaper reporter dispatched to cover a murder in Missouri’s Bootheel.
But though the story is set in southeast Missouri, it — like Netflix’s “Ozark” before it — was filmed in Georgia, where the project benefited from tax incentives the state hands out to film studios.
Missouri once offered incentives to studios, but it ended its film tax credit program in 2013, following a national trend. In 2009, 44 states offered some form of incentives for film studios. Since then, 13 states have cut their programs and others have pared them back.
The state used to offer tax credits to cover 35 percent of the costs of production if studios met basic requirements, including spending $100,000 in the state.
But lawmakers were divided on the benefit of the program. Some said it helped raise the state’s profile, but others worried it had limited economic impact after film crews packed up and left.
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