SoCal town removes palms to lure filmmakers
FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) – The tiny Southern California town of Fillmore has removed 20 palm trees from downtown sidewalks in hopes of luring more filmmakers. Film Commission Chairwoman Catherine Elias tells the Ventura County Star that film permit proceeds had dropped from about $70,000 a few years ago to about $10,000 in 2011.
The town nestled in citrus-growing country markets itself as “Any Town, U.S.A” and features mom-and-pop stores and an old movie theater, but the palms were a problem for location scouts and production companies.
The Chamber of Commerce put up the $3,900 it cost to remove the trees and the Film Commission plans to pay back half from film permit proceeds. The commission has sent an email to location scouts showing before-and-after pictures of the trees and their removal.