by Mark Shanahan & Paysha Rhone
November 10, 2008
Mass. Film Bureau boss Nick Paleologos didn’t make the scene, but the Bay State was still a topic of considerable conversation at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Budgets being what they are, Paleologos took a pass on the annual event where Tinseltown types converge for eight days of deal-making and screenings. “We thought we’d be better served to stay put and work from here,” said Paleologos. Still, two made-in-Massachusetts films attracted a lot of attention, namely the South Boston-based “What Doesn’t Kill You” and “The Maiden Heist,” starring Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and William H. Macy. And the benefits of filming in Boston were touted at a sold-out seminar dealing with tax credits. In attendance, we’re told, was Bill Earon, managing director of Coastal Capital Advisors, a Boston private equity and consulting firm that serves the film industry.