The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2018: Small Cities and Towns

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On the Cusp

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence has extended its 25 percent tax credit (with a $100,000 minimum spend) until 2024—by that time could Rhode Island’s capital be a full-fledged hub for genre filmmaking? If a collective of moviemakers called Woodhaven Media, located in next door East Greenwich have their way, perhaps the answer is ‘yes.’ Profiled in Providence Monthly back in early 2017, Woodhaven Media’s multi-hyphenate president Tommy DeNucci has already made a handful of low-budget horror films and worked with genre icons such as Robert “Freddy” Englund and Candyman’s Tony Todd. His latest opus, Anders Manor, was shot in 13 days with a budget of $100,000, and has a deal with Lionsgate for release in May, 2018. Providence’s biggest employer may still be prestigious Brown University, but an ethos of teach thyself is clearly in the air.

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  1. John lazear, soc

    January 18, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Really….. hollywood and New York are not on this list?
    1 hollywood
    2 New York
    3 London
    Let’s be real about where movies are mostly shot

    • Max Weinstein

      January 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Hi John,

      Los Angeles and New York are featured in part one of this article, focusing on Big Cities:

      MM Staff

  2. Adrian G

    January 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    So, as much as I appreciate this list, the name of your zine is Moviemaker, not North American Moviemaker. In a field that is peripatetic by its nature, it might be nice to have a list of some of the best cities in the world, not just those in North America, where one can thrive as a filmmaker. Please think about it.

  3. smoga

    February 27, 2018 at 7:59 am


  4. Eve

    January 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I choose to live & work in Hawai’i, which does present some challenges…😎🌺However, when I relocated here from L.A. a few years ago, the general eyebrow raised response was that it was a bit nuts…so i find it really reassuring that so many cities/geographic lications outside of ‘Hollywood’ are now being touted as good lifestyle alternatives for creatives such as myself – b/c it really IS a way of life, and an all-encompassing choice, when you choose this kind of career…

  5. Frank Casanova

    January 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Ridiculous! Sacramento is better than half of those on the list.

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