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Is All This Furor Over Florida’s Anti-Gay Film Tax Just A Misunderstanding?

Our Mexican correspondent, Daniel Villarreal, is at the Austin SXSW Film Festival covering as many queer films as he can find. While downing filets at the Film Florida Fish Fry, Daniel ran into Graham Winick, President of the Florida Film Commission. Daniel asked Graham to explain the back-asswards Florida bill that would deny LGBT films a tax credit for filming in Florida. Graham says the story got blown out of proportion because of the ambiguous “family friendly” terminology in House Bill 697 — language they’re now seeking to remove.

“The intent of the bill was never to be discriminatory,” says Winick. “This is a bonus on top of the main incentive.”