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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Rebecca Clark, Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, says the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem is a popular location for movie and television production.

"I've been very successful. I've got Leatherheads to shoot here. It is such a wonderful building, historic building."

The Winston-Salem City Council wants to keep filmmakers coming back. If it's approved, the City Council will support a resolution extending North Carolina's 25 percent film tax credit.

Susan Ruskin, dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, says cities like Winston-Salem should express support for the tax credit because the incentive is needed to keep North Carolina's film industry going.

"Students are going to be developing those projects. It's important to me that Winston-Salem is a community that will support them."

Those against the film tax credit say the state is not getting the most out of its investment and the tax credit should end this year. The General Assembly will meet and debate the film tax credit in May.