Colorado’s Economic Development Commission approved a rebate of $300,000 for Freak Power, a movie about writer Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo 1970 run for sheriff of Pitkin County, to be written and directed by Bobby Kennedy III, grandson of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. For Kennedy, making Freak Power in Colorado was a must even if the scenery could be reproduced elsewhere. “I live in Aspen right now, and I think because of my longstanding relationships, we’ll be able to pull in a few favors here and there,” he said. “We’re not making a huge budget movie here, so that will be important. I probably have more of those relationships in Colorado than I have anywhere else at this point. That was enough for the board; member Dick Monfort, owner of the Colorado Rockies, voted for approval of the rebate, and it was quickly seconded. The allotted $300,000 is good for up to a 20 percent rebate on what the production spends in Colorado.
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