Entertainment, downtown groups expect little change in legislative session

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:28 a.m.

Anthony Pedone has been too busy working on movies and projects to look into what arts-related bills have been proposed to the 2013 Legislature.

The session begins Jan. 8.

Expectations for this year's Legislature are minimal.

Pedone, mastermind behind the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival, is hopeful the Texas Film Commission will get an increase in funding.

He applies for funds from the area hotel occupancy tax funds to help cover expenses for the film festival.

"I don't get grants from the government," he said. "It might affect my budget for productions."

But as a member of the Texas Film Commission, Pedone is eligible for tax incentives during movie production filmed in the state.

Once he gets a chance to look a little closer into the proposed bills for 2013, he said he'll have a better idea of where things stand with the film commission. With more projects than he can count on one hand, he will need all the help he can get.

Main Street Program President Larry Clark isn't expecting any changes during this year's session either.

"For the Main Street Program, they had cut just about all they could cut out of the last session," he said.

The program, which partners with the Texas Historical Commission is in the business of revitalizing the historic downtown area and neighborhood commercial district.

He said the hardest task right now for the group is generating more businesses downtown.

"We're not expecting anything this time so we should be in good shape," Clark said.

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