Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said Wednesday that an independent movie about a talented young singer is the first project to qualify for financial incentives from the Alabama Film Office.
He signed legislation in March that allows Alabama to grant incentives comparable to those that other states use to attract film productions.
Veteran Birmingham filmmakers Alan Hunter and Hugh Hunter, along with senior producer Deborah Del Prete of Coronet Films, began filming Lexi Alexander's script of "Lifted" Monday.
The $675,000 film should qualify for a rebate of approximately $153,750. The new law allows a production to receive a rebate of 35 percent on salaries paid to state residents and 25 percent on other expenses.