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Film incentive rally hopes to bring filmmakers to Ariz.

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Filmmakers, crews, actors and equipment all out in force at the state capitol. It's a rally to reopen the Arizona Film Office. These people say a lot of business has gone to New Mexico. Like the TV show Breaking Bad and many movies shot in and around Albuquerque.

New Mexico has a film office that works with producers and Arizona's has been closed for several years.

"We do not have a film office, nobody to call when somebody wants to spend money here... we do not have that... nobody answers the phone we are closed for business, we need a film office" said Randy Murray an organizer of the rally.

Jamie Lind an actor was at today's rally, "I would like to see us get a film office... if we had that we would be more attractive to producers in L.A. and stuff."

But opponents say government should not be involved in attracting TV & film production.

Representative Adam Kwasman an Oro Valley Republican is against reopening the office, "I believe in having a vibrant film industry but just like chambers of commerce are private organizations we can have a film office of Arizona without having the government yoke around it's neck."

But film people say if legislators turn their backs on production in Arizona they're walking away from a lot of money and jobs that would boost tourism and many other parts of the state's economy.

Re-opening the film office would cost the state $600,00 organizers say. They claim it would help bring in millions of dollars in business that is being lost now. After all, they say, there's no reason a movie like 2007's "3:10 to Yuma" shouldn't be shot in Yuma. It was actually filmed in, you guessed it, New Mexico.

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