By: Jocelyn A. Gonzalez
Director Reed Morano boycotts Georgia as she sets out to house a location to direct Amazon Studio’s new show The Power.
The drama series serves to represent a shift in gender and power dynamics as young women literally, and figuratively, gain the ability to take back their “power” with just the touch from their fingers. With the passing of the recent “heartbeat” bill, the state aims to ban abortion after the six week, fetal heartbeat detection mark — This is the fourth state this year to enact such a law, effective 2020 — a huge violation for women’s rights everywhere. Adapted from Naomi Alderman’s novel, the show’s story arc was set to film primarily in Savannah. Morano expressed, “we had no problem stopping the entire process instantly,” after catching wind of the announcement.
Morano, best known for her direction of Hulu’s Emmy-winning series, The Handmaid’s Tale, felt strongly about her stance on the issue, and set the precedent as the first director to make a statement by publicly pulling the film. A number of Hollywood figures are speaking up about their disdain for the state, directly affecting the revenue generated from the film industry. Georgia and their film workers are feeling the heat as corporations and production companies — such as Netflix and Disney — are beginning to back out of projects as actors refuse to work there. Many Hollywood voices have signed an open letter pledging to boycott Georgia as well.
According to a state report, “455 projects were produced in the 2018 fiscal year, generating about $95 billion.” Furthermore, a spokesperson from The Motion Picture Association of America released a statement: “Film and television production in Georgia supports more than 92,000 jobs and brings significant economic benefits to communities and families…The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process. We will continue to monitor developments.”
While major changes have shifted the Hollywood narrative, there is a growing tension between industry leaders and policy makers — What does this mean for the future of tv/film as we know it? Share your thoughts on the topic.