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Superior to be included in Catalyst production guide for $15K

SUPERIOR, WI–  Bringing new industry to the city of Superior. That’s what the City Council voted on Tuesday when they approved $15,000 towards sponsoring the Catalyst Content Festival.

The festival, which is new to the Twin Ports, is for independent tv and filmmakers who want to display their creations while mingling with some of the industries top producers and professionals, something Superior officials say could bring new jobs and life to the economy.

The Catalyst Festival, formally known as I-TV fest moved it’s headquarters from the East Coast to Duluth last year.

Since then, it’s been gaining support and sponsors from surrounding communities and Tuesday night, Superior jumped on board.

Executive Director for the festival, Philip Gilpin addressed the council, explaining what 15-grand from the Hotel-Motel tax fund would be used for.

Gilpin says with the money, Superior would be included a catalog for prospective producers and writers that would highlight the city and potential places for filming.

Gilpin says the potential draw for producers to Superior is the ever-changing landscape and scenery throughout the city.

“You have all of these various locations in a very very small area and that saves a lot of location scouting time and time equals money,” says Gilpin.

The goal is to get producers to shoot a tv-series or film in the area, drawing attention to the city while bringing in revenue from the production crew and workers.

Superior Mayor Jim Paine says he’s excited about the new opportunity and believes it could bring more trade jobs to the area.  He says, “The film industry is not just actors and directors and writers and camera operators. It’s also carpenters, and electricians, and caterers, and restaurant owners, and property owners.”

Superior joins surrounding communities including Duluth, IRRRB areas such as Iron Range cities, Two Harbors, and St. Louis County.

Superior is the first location in Wisconsin to be considered as a part of the festival’s catalog.

The Catalyst Content Festival will take place in Duluth at locations including Zeigest Zinema, the NorShor theatre, and Fitgers, October 9-13.

Though the festival is 5 days in Duluth, the offices recruit and advertise the sponsoring communities to industry professionals year-round.

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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