Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

State Council Keeps Movie Money Clean.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

No Tax Breaks For Lewd Films

Movie cameras rolling on topless twins splashing in what's left of Elephant Butte?

Doubtful.

Debbie Does ... Datil?

Definitely not. Anyway, not on the state's dime.

With tax breaks and investment money available for making commercial movies in New Mexico, state officials have hammered out some rules to block those who approach them with X-rated or sexually explicit projects in mind.

The State Investment Council, which directs millions of dollars to invest in productions made in New Mexico, also has a policy that can veto state financial help for moviemakers when the production is considered likely to provoke cultural outrage among New Mexicans, the way the garland-clad "Our Lady" artwork at a state museum set off an uproar in Santa Fe two years ago. …

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