Cuero - A Film Friendly Certified Community
By Patrick J. Kennedy
Cuero Development Corporation
Established in 2007, the Film Friendly Texas Program is administered by the Texas Film Commission. According to their website – “With an emphasis of working with Texas’ rural and suburban communities, the Film Friendly Texas Program provides an elevated platform for a network of more than 100 statewide certified communities to leverage and market their regional resources directly to media industry professionals working in Texas.” There are three communities in DeWitt County that are designated – they are Cuero, Yoakum, and Yorktown.
Recently I had the opportunity to view the “Film Friendly Texas Exhibit – Celebrating 10 years of Film Friendly Certified Communities”, held at the Rotunda of the Texas State Capital. While in Austin, I first met with Kim LeBlanc, a Production and Community Relations Specialist, Office of the Governor Texas Film Commission. We mainly talked about Daniel Levin’s short film – Bagatelle, which was filmed earlier this year in various locations in DeWitt County.
As the story goes, Daniel was doing his research for this project and not only was looking for a certain type of physical location, but for a community that was welcoming. Being the Film Friendly contact, he called me and asked to visit. In our first conversation, I mentioned that to be part of the Film Friendly Certified Community the City passed ordinances to ensure that certain standards were maintained. To his credit, when he returned to Cuero all necessary documentation was complete.
When the film debuts in the fall, do not be surprised if you recognize several local personalities.
One last observation – it was surprising the amount of goods and services a film production brings to the area.
Patrick J. Kennedy, left, of the Cuero Development Corporation and Kim LeBlanc, right, of the Texas Film Commission at the recently concluded Film Friendly Texas Exhibit at the Rotunda of the Texas State Capital in Austin.