CATSKILL — Filming for scenes of a documentary with the working title “Trumpland” is scheduled to take place sometime in the next two weeks in the village.
The village board received the proposal about two weeks ago in an email, Village President Vincent Seeley said, adding that all trustees were agreeable with the proposal, which was not reviewed or formally voted on during a public meeting.
Seeley said the proposal did not require a public vote.
“We don’t need a public vote,” he said. “It was a request like any other that comes in.”
No proposal has been brought before the town board, Town Supervisor Dale Finch said, adding that he just received information about the film Wednesday from the Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning Department.
The documentary, according to the Film in Greene proposal, will be produced by The Front and is about politics in local communities.
A small five-person crew will conduct interviews with Catskill residents, according to the proposal from Film in Greene.
Film in Greene is the marketing arm of the Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning Department.
Locations will include Main Street, Bridge Street, Broome Street and West Main Street, according to the proposal.
Finch said the filming pertains more to the village than the town.
“There has been no consideration at the [town] board or town level,” he said.
Finch voiced some concern about the content of the show.
“I don’t know if this is a good way to categorize the town or village of Catskill,” he said.
A representative from The Front, based in Brooklyn, declined to comment on the production.
Companies that film in Greene County can receive tax credits through the Empire State Development’s New York State Film Tax Credit Program.
Program credits worth $420 million annually can be allocated and used to encourage companies to film in New York state and help to create and maintain film industry jobs, according to the Empire State Development website.
“The film and TV industry hires thousands of local workers and invests in communities throughout New York state each year, and this production will help advance the industry and economy in the Capital Region,” said Gigi Semone, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.
Since 2011, 2,269 applications have been filed with the state Film Tax Program, $30.4 billion has been spent on film production in the state and 1.7 million new hires have been created by the industry.
The Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning Department applied for funding in 2018 from Empire State Development to launch a marketing campaign called Film in Greene, in collaboration with Lumberyard.
The county’s website, greatnortherncatskills.com/film, allows production companies to file an application to film in Greene County and helps connect them with local casting agents, lodging, makeup artists, photographers, videographers and rental equipment.