Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Baltimore Film Office
10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
P. 410.752.8632 F. 410.385.0361
Contact: Megan Bosse
SONY PICTURES TO FILM UNSAFE HARBOR AT BALTIMORE IN APRIL 2017
CAST INCLUDES LADY GAGA, BLAKE SHELTON, CHRIS ROCK, JUSTIN BIEBER, AND OPRAH WINFREY; BALTIMORE FILM OFFICE
Baltimore, Maryland (February 5, 2017)- Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced that Sony Pictures will be filming their new movie, Unsafe Harbor, primarily at Baltimore starting April 2017. The $50 million budget film will be directed by Academic Award winner James Cameron (The Terminator, Titanic, Avatar, Rambo, and many others).
Unsafe Harbor, which is expected to release on December 2018, highlights Chuck Wagon’s (Bieber) transition from someone who rebels against his substance abusing parents (Lady Gaga/Sheltom) to someone who persuades an investor (Chris Rock) to launch a distinguished project while studying at the University of Baltimore as a full scholar. Unsafe Harbor is predicted to surge towards a blockbuster finish with its unexpected plot twists. “We are pretty excited to see what Baltimore has in store for us” says Cameron who is all set to head down to Charm City with his film crew.
The Baltimore Film Office is taking the initiative to make the production process convenient and smooth by providing impressive services- free project registration, free use of selected city properties and locations, streamlined permit process and fees, parking passes for location scouts, and discounted parking rates at selected locations. “This is going to make Baltimore more notable to the whole world and will hopefully boost the tourism aspect,” says Mayor Pugh.
According to the Maryland Film Production Employment Act of 2011, a film production entity may be entitled to a refundable tax credit against the State of Maryland (State) income tax for certain costs incurred in the State that are necessary to carry out a film production activity in the State. An exemption from the 6% state sales tax is available to qualified feature, television, cable, commercial, documentary, music video, etc., projects. For more information, call the Maryland Film Office or visit them on the web: http://www.marylandfilm.org and click on Maryland Tax Incentives.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit cultural organization which serves as Baltimore City’s official arts council, events agency and film office. BOPA inspires and engages audiences and cultivates the city’s creative economy through the arts, events and film industry.