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Mississippi becoming a movie mecca

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Liam Hemsworth was spotted atop a horse in Florewood State Park in Greenwood recently for the making of 'By Way Of Helena', a Western which also stars Woody Harrelson. Filming just wrapped up. It's one of 14 feature films shot in Mississippi in 2014. 

"A lot of the films we're getting now are not even Southern," said Ward Emling, Director of the Mississippi Film Office. "Midwestern, general America stuff, but then to have a Western here, that's going to be big when that movie comes out." 

Emling says movies like that will be shown at film festivals like Tribeca and Cannes. And that will expose the scenery of this state to more movie makers. 

"A lot of what we're seeing now is word of mouth, and relationships that we've built up over the years," added Emling. "And then relationships that film makers who have been here have built up over the years."  

Friday, we spotted a full crew on Farish Street in Jackson, filming scenes for 'Same Kind of Different as Me', starring Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger. It's a major motion picture, and the Magnolia State has become a hot spot for such films, in part because of a very attractive incentive package. 

"It's a 25% rebate on what they spend in Mississippi, and on the payroll for non-resident cast and crew," said Emling. "Then it's a 30% rebate on resident cast and crew in Mississippi."

Emling believes the payroll for Mississippians in movies this year will top out at about $24 million, and $70-$80 million in production will be spent here. 

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