Studio aims to make Jacksonville a movie-making mecca, one short film at a time

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Once known at the Winter Film Capital, Jacksonville’s heyday for movie studios was largely curtailed in the 1930s for a variety of reasons but, in the end, mostly due to Hollywood’s magnetic draw.

Movie making in Jacksonville then waxed and waned, with another production spurt occurring in the early 1980s after Gov. Bob Graham made film and television production a high priority in Florida. However, in 2002, Georgia introduced tax credits to the film industry, which resulted in a loss of film production in Jacksonville.

Enter Duane Sikes Productions, a Lakeside Park-based film company which wants to change that image. Sikes, whose mother was an actress, is the executive producer of 82 shorts, documentaries, movies, and the five-episode television series, “Zombie Fried Chicken.”

See more at Resident News.

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