How to Make a Movie in Washington D.C.

Guest Host:

Marc Fisher
How to Make a Movie in Washington D.C.

Why it's so hard to shoot a movie in the District and what that means for local filmmakers and audiences alike.

Washington has long captured the imagination of movie audiences. But as filmmakers based in the D.C. area know, Hollywood producers rarely shoot in the streets of the nation's capital. The result is a dwindling local filmmaking scene and a series of movies that often portray the city inaccurately. We explore the reasons why Hollywood studios don't seem to like filming in D.C., and what the city's doing to change that dynamic.

Guests

Lydia DePillis

Staff writer, Washington City Paper

Crystal Palmer

Director, D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development

Jonathan Zurer

Producer, thinkfilm

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