Updated January 29, 2010
Michael Moore's Anti-Greed Film May Receive Michigan Tax Credit
The Mackinac Center checked with the Michigan Film Office and learned that a "production person" had applied for a state tax credit for Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story," partly filmed in Michigan
The liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has been a critic of state tax credits for Hollywood films, but did one of his own films benefit from one of those credits in his home state of Michigan?
It seems so, according to a report by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute focusing on issues in Michigan.
The center checked with the Michigan Film Office and learned that a "production person" had applied for one of the tax credits for "Capitalism: A Love Story," Moore's 2009 film about corporate greed, parts of which were filmed in Michigan.
The state offers refundable tax credits of up to 42 percent to film productions for shooting movies and spending money in Michigan -- an incentive similar to one offered by numerous other states to entice Hollywood and bolster the local economy.
Moore's production has qualified to receive a tax credit from Michigan, the film office told the Mackinac Center, once the state Treasury Department reviews and approves the application. It wasn't immediately clear how much money the film qualified for.
Any amount of taxpayer subsidy is a potential black eye for Moore, who argued emphatically in "Capitalism: A Love Story" that Wall Street banks and other big companies didn't deserve the bailout money they received from the federal government as the economy was tanking.
Moore told the Michigan Messenger newspaper in 2008 that he specifically was opposed to the state's incentives for the film industry, though he also told the newspaper that he was "under pressure from the studio" to apply for the tax credit.