Robert Redford’s new film, Netflix bolster Colorado’s movie industry

Robert Redford’s latest movie is just one several that are now filming — or will soon be filming — in Colorado this year, boosting the state’s growing reputation in the national movie industry.

It wasn’t easy to get. Makers of the Netflix-backed film, an adaptation of late Colorado author Kent Haruf’s final novel “Our Souls at Night,” first turned down the state as a filming location because our economic incentives were too paltry for the $21.5 million production, which will star co-producer Redford and Jane Fonda.

Today, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (of which the Film Commission is part) invited media to visit the set of “Amateur,” another Netflix movie currently shooting at Regis University. Their $2.1 million budget qualifies them for $350,000 in rebates (or the standard 20 percent). “Amateur,” which is being directed by  Ryan Koo, follows a 14-year-old basketball player who struggles to fit in with his new team and new coach, according to Variety.

There are also local productions like the throwback horror movie “Hoax,” which qualified for $160,000 in rebates and began production outside Lake City last week.

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