Los Angeles Mayor and City Council: Develop financial tools and legislation to keep films in LA
  • Petitioned Herb J. Wesson, JR.

This petition was delivered to:

Council President
Herb J. Wesson, JR.
Council Member
Paul Krekorian
Honorable Mayor of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa
Council Member
Tom Labonge
Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor and City Council: Develop financial tools and legislation to keep films in LA

    1. Jason Gurvitz
    2. Petition by

      Jason Gurvitz

      Los Angeles, CA

My name is Jason Gurvitz; I’m a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Having made films in many countries, I noticed on recent productions in LA that the city makes it very difficult and very costly for us to film here. 


The high fees for fire marshals, police officers, Film LA monitors and water trucks on shooting days when they are clearly not needed, among countless other fees that are the same whether the film is one hundred thousand dollars or one hundred million causes a significant negative impact to low budget filmmakers. For Los Angeles to be the movie capital of the world again, we must make LA the capital of independent films first.

The independent film industry brings hundreds of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic prosperity every year to Los Angeles. Due to the strenuous city permit fees and lack of cooperation by the city to accommodate our needs, our industry faces critical choices to either film locally, or be forced to shoot elsewhere.

With runaway production going to more tax credit friendly states, it is imperative that we do what we can as a city to keep independent filming in LA with local vendors like caterers, equipment rental houses, prop houses, and vehicle companies, just to name a few. These companies are the backbone of our industry. The increase in production will significantly boost jobs and spur economic growth.

We want the city of LA to developed financial tools and legislation to keep the independent film industry here. We can revamp the Los Angeles economy by having affordable and accessible low budget films succeed here.

We need someone who can represent us
We would like to have a representative that can work as a liaison and advocate between the Independent film industry and the City of Los Angeles. The representative should an experienced line producer with a track record of shooting independent films in Los Angeles as well as bigger budget films.

We would like to have have a process in which we can determine the necessity of fees on certain shooting days, under certain conditions at certain budget levels.

Reducing fees and simplifying the process also means added savings that can benefit the growth of the most competitive film infrastructure in the world.

Imagine if the Oscars moved their event to Louisiana, Vancouver, or New Mexico?



Join the independent film industry to keep filming in Los Angeles. You can make a difference by signing this petition. Big changes start with small steps and these small steps begin with Indie filmmakers.

Recent signatures


    1. "Keep Indie Films in LA" Petition Inaugural filmmaker meeting

      Jason Gurvitz
      Petition Organizer

      Support "Keep Indie Films in LA" Meeting

      Join us for our first meeting to begin the movement towards creating real legislation to make it easier to film throughout the city of Los Angeles

      "Keep Indie Films in LA" Petition Inaugural filmmaker meeting

      Friday, June 21st, 7pm

      Writers Bootcamp, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, CA 90404 Santa Monica

      Free of charge. Bergamot Station parking lot.

      Join us to begin the movement to demand legislation and make it much easier for indie filmmakers to shoot throughout Los Angeles. The myriad of frustrations we all face as filmmakers with the high costs of fire marshals, police officers, water trucks, costly permits, and countless other blanket fees, have made the movie capital of the world one of the least film friendly cities in the country. It is time for all of us to act!

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. TheWrap.com recently gave me a blog to talk about this issue.

      Jason Gurvitz
      Petition Organizer
      TheWrap.com | Entertainment Industry Analysis, Breaking Hollywood News

      If you haven't figured it out by now, I was an idealistic kid with no film-school background and only a few production assistant stints to my credit -- with no real idea how impossible it was to actually get a film made.

    4. For LA mayoral candidates, the Indie Film industry has demands!

      Jason Gurvitz
      Petition Organizer

      Listen to KCRW's Matt Holzman talking with panelists of indie film experts and mayoral candidates about changes in legislation for filmmakers in Los Angeles.

      For LA mayoral candidates, Hollywood has demands | Which Way L.A.?

      If you want to be mayor of Los Angeles, you really have to appeal to Hollywood. Wendy Greuel had a four-year stint at DreamWorks and is married to a film producer, which could help her campaign.

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Aaron Goffman STUDIO CITY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm an L.A. native and I'm proud to work in the film and television business in Los Angeles.

    • Krystee Clark TUJUNGA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Communication and Misinformation between City Hall, Film LA, Filmmakers and Neighborhoods... our creative community feels alienated and ignored. We must work together to protect and fight for our most precious asset!

    • Constance Gibson TUJUNGA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because our creativity os our biggest commodity! We need to make filming accessible...

    • Paul Hopkins PASADENA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I work in Visual FX

    • Jim Hillin LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I make my livelihood with post-production which is also succeptable to the illegal foreign subsidies.


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