Dear Hon­or­able Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee Mem­bers,

I am writ­ing today to express my sup­port of the MN Film and TV Board’s Snow­bate pro­gram and urge you to con­tin­ue this vital pro­gram. My name is Jere­my Wilk­er and I am a film­mak­er, small busi­ness own­er, and board mem­ber at IFP Min­neso­ta. Snow­bate affects me direct­ly as a direc­tor, pro­duc­er, and cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er based in the Twin Cities. I’ve cre­at­ed two fea­ture films (“Death To Prom” and “TRIUMPH67″) and a short (“The Neg­a­tive”) over the past few years, all right here in Min­neso­ta, and have been a recip­i­ent of the Snow­bate ben­e­fits.

In “Death To Prom” (avail­able on Ama­zon, Hulu, and Xfin­i­ty On Demand) we set out to make a com­plete­ly 100% MN-made pro­duc­tion, from tal­ent (many first-time film actors), loca­tions (Min­neapo­lis, St. Paul, Gold­en Val­ley, Still­wa­ter), wardrobe (Christo­pher Straub), music (many MN pop/rock/punk bands) and post-production (Splice Here) and we have wild­ly suc­ceed­ed. But it would have tak­en my team of 60 cast and crew much much longer at the least, and per­haps derailed final pro­duc­tion at worst, if we had not been a part of Snow­bate. If we did not receive the rebate fund­ing, the eleven local peo­ple respon­si­ble for post-production (sound mix­ing and design, col­or grad­ing, titles and cred­its, final deliv­er­able tapes and files) could not have been hired and our prod­uct would have suf­fered delays and qual­i­ty as a result. Snow­bate meant suc­cess for our film.

Our film indus­try may be small com­pared to the coasts, but I’ve seen sus­tain­able growth occur­ring over the past three years from local and vis­it­ing film­mak­ers choos­ing Min­neso­ta as their loca­tion for cin­e­mat­ic cre­ation. The small amount of fund­ing for Snow­bate would encour­age that emerg­ing growth fur­ther, right when it is most need­ed. Please con­tin­ue the Snow­bate pro­gram. It means we can keep it local and rep­re­sent our unique voice and qual­i­ties in the cin­e­ma of the world.


Jere­my Wilk­er
Small busi­ness own­er / Film­mak­er

PS — I also want to briefly men­tion that the process to qual­i­fy for Snow­bate was straight-forward and easy and the rebates on our expens­es were prompt­ly deliv­ered.


Jere­my Wilk­er, @TWEAK
IFP MN Board Mem­ber