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4 TV series arent enough lets make our own Movies!

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Hollywood is in love with Hawaii again, with four Hawaii-based TV series now in production. But two women who facilitate TV and movie shoots in the island think we may be ready to take this to the next level -- an indigenous film industry.

"I believe that cultural life is the heartbeat of any locale," says Judy Drosd, chief of the new Arts, Films and Entertainment Division at the state's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. "It is a magnetic force that provides excitement as well as a sense of cohesion and community."

For years Hawaii has used financial incentives and logistical support to attract film shoots. The state got an unexpected boost in the dangerous days following 9/11 when producer moved international shoots to Hawaii's exotic backdrop. Now Drosd suggests it's time to shoot higher.

"Ultimately, arts and culture define the personality of a place," says Drosd, a former film producer herself who was an executive for HBO before moving to Hawaii. "Film arts, fine arts, performance arts, design, and all varieties of entertainment are significant economic drivers in any community in which they are allowed to thrive. They create their own work force and generate considerable revenues." Drosd was the film liaison for Kauai for 10 years during which the county got more than $68 million in film-related revenues.

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hehe i dont watch tv much either but ive seen previews for one of the series being filmed here called "Northshore" it seems like it might be alright but it hasnt stirred up enough interest from me to make it a must see.

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