Upcoming film projects in MS canceled

Upcoming film projects in MS canceled

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Fallout continues from the Religious Accommodations Act being signed into law. It's now impacting Mississippi's film industry.

Wes Benton, Sun & Sand Film and Music Festival organizer, told WLOX News Now several projects that were planned to be filmed in Mississippi are now going to be shot elsewhere. Benton said those project leaders made the decision to not film in Mississippi after Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 Tuesday.

"I just don't think that everyone looked at this and what the consequences would be and not just for the film industry," said Benton. "I understand both sides of it but the consequences are going to be devastating for the film industry in Mississippi."

Several A-list actors contacted festival organizers Tuesday, asking them to not advertise that they would be coming to the festival. Benton said nothing is set in stone regarding those actors at this time though.

Jonathan Brannan is talking with film industry insiders on the coast today about the potential impact of this new law. Look for more from Jonathan later today on WLOX News Now.

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