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San Antonio Named Among 20 Best Cities to Live and Work for Moviemakers for Second Consecutive Year

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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 31, 2020) – MovieMaker Magazine announced today it selected San Antonio as one of its top 20 big cities to “Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2020.” This is the second consecutive year San Antonio makes the list. 

MovieMaker determined the winners using surveys, editorial research on tax incentives and recent productions, and personal visits to most of the locations on the list. The full list of winning cities and towns is below.

“We’ve been impressed with San Antonio’s continued commitment to being a city friendly to moviemakers,” said MovieMaker Editor-in-Chief Tim Molloy. “It often takes a village to make a movie and San Antonio has demonstrated that its entire community – from traditional film resources to the buy-in of businesses and government – creates a foundation for moviemakers to keep building on.”

The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the Department of Arts & Culture, provides initial location scouting, film permitting and liaison services. San Antonio offers the strongest film incentive of all Texas cities with its local film rebate of 7.5 percent. The incentive is friendly to most budgets and projects with a $100,000 minimum expenditure to receive the incentive and can also be paired with the State of Texas film rebate of up to 22.5 percent.

“We were not surprised to hear of San Antonio’s inclusion in MovieMaker’s list,” said Edwin Licona, Producer of the HBO Latino comedy special, “Entre Nos”. “The city truly opened its arms to our production with experienced and friendly crew and locations, enthusiastic audience members, and an easy-to-work-with Film Commission. All of these factors made our experience in San Antonio enjoyable just as much as productive.” 

This recognition comes as the San Antonio Film Commission enters year four of its five-year strategic plan to ensure San Antonio is one of the top film-friendly cities in the nation. Contributing to San Antonio’s film-friendly status, the Film Commission assisted many productions in 2019 including shows on Lifetime, PBS, Travel Channel, HGTV, Univision and HBO as well as commercials and films – including short films as part of the commission’s Local Filmmaker Grant program that provides local filmmakers $5,000 grants for their projects.

On the immediate horizon, the Film Commission will market San Antonio to film professionals attending SXSW, launch its 2020 #FilmSA Contest in partnership with the City of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office and offer a Film Commission 101 workshop.

MovieMaker provides the latest coverage on the art and craft of making movies. Its 2020 list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker appears in its Winter 2020 issue and the issue is available on newsstands in February. For the complete 2020 list of Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker, visit MovieMaker.com.

About the San Antonio Film Commission

The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, is a go-to resource for filmmakers. As a full-service agency that promotes the art and craft of moviemaking in San Antonio, the film commission provides an array of services available to filmmakers including: location scouting, liaison services, permitting, crew and casting calls, and more. For more information about the San Antonio Film Commission, visit FilmSanAntonio.com.

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Rapper Biz Markie Dead at 57

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Born Marcel Theo Hall, he was known around the world and in Hip Hop as rapper Biz Markie a.k.a the “Clown Prince.” Unlike other rappers of his time, his fun and humorous lyrical style made him a household name that spanned generations. Best known for his most memorable 1989 hit single ‘Just a Friend’ became a top 40 hit in several countries and an anthem even for dating skeptics. Markie was a talented rapper, human beatboxer, singer-songwriter, DJ, and record producer. He also did some acting, appearing and guess starring in movies and various television episodes.

Markie reportedly battled some heath issues over the years and suffered complications from diabetes, peacefully passing July 16, 2021. He leaves to mourn his wife Tara who was by his side the evening he passed.

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BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION

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Following the success of its popular film BAD DAD REHABTV One recently announced the premiere of BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION. The film features a brand-new cast that includes rapper Anthony “Big Daddy Kane” Hardy (Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, Dead Heist)as Owen, Lamman Rucker (“Greenleaf”, “Why Did I Get Married”) as Mr. Arnold, Blue Kimble (“Monogamy,” “Ruthless”) as Chauncey, Onye Eme-Akwari (“Queen of the South”) as Marshall, Carlo Mendez (“90210,” “Parks and Recreation”) as Hosea, Chrystale Wilson(“The Rich and the Ruthless”) as Marjory. The film will air on Sunday, June 20 at 8 P.M. ET/7C

BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION follows the new class of Bad Dads hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey who must confront their personal demons in order to get their act together and become better dads. Hosea (Mendez) is more concerned about being his rebellious son’s best friend than disciplining him. Marshall (Eme-Akwari) works pyramid schemes in his mancave instead of helping his frustrated wife and son. Chaucey (Kimble) holds a grudge against his ex-girlfriend oblivious that it’s hurting their young daughter. Owen (Hardy) spent thirty years denying his daughter from an affair but now wants to make amends before her impending wedding. 

Bad Dad Rehab: The Next Session is written by Keronda McKnight, directed by Juwan Lee with casting by George Pierre. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films with Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, Ron Robinson and James Sepplefrick serving as Executive Producers. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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Complimentary One-day Ticket To Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas is partnering with SA Metro Health to give away 20,000 one-day tickets – over $1.5 million in value – to people who get a COVID-19 vaccination at any Metro Health or partner vaccine clinic. 

Beginning Tuesday, May 25, individuals who get vaccinated at any of these clinics will receive a complimentary one-day ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas valid through Sept 6, 2021 to enjoy a fun day at the park.

“Six Flags Fiesta Texas is honored to partner with city leaders to encourage residents to get vaccinated, especially in underserved communities,” said Park President Jeffrey Siebert. “We appreciate Mayor Nirenberg’s leadership on this initiative and we look forward to partnering with the City of San Antonio Metro Health to assist with their vaccine campaign efforts.”

Metro Health will also share the theme park tickets with its partners – including UT Health San Antonio, University Health System, University of the Incarnate Word, WellMed, San Antonio Fire Department, Bexar County Health Collaborative and Curative – to give to those who receive their vaccine at designated vaccine clinics. 

“With so many people who enjoy visiting Six Flags Fiesta Texas each year, we hope people take advantage of this generous ticket giveaway and go get vaccinated. This could mean that 20,000 more residents get vaccinated to help us end the pandemic,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.  

As a reminder, people can get vaccinated either by walk-in or appointment at the Alamodome drive-thru clinic from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

For a list of locations of Metro Health vaccine clinics around the city, visit http://covid19.sanantonio.gov.  

For more information about Six Flags Fiesta Texas, including operating hours, visit https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas.

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