Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures
Syfy’s Ghost Hunters
Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story
TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
History Channel’s American Pickers

What do these films have in common? They all had episodes shot in Jefferson City. Independent feature films have also shot here including Paranormal America, Haunting of Cellblock 11, Darkness Reigns, and many others.

These film crews were all attracted to Jefferson City with the opportunity to shoot at the city’s film “hotspot,” the legendary decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary. Other projects have been shot at the Missouri State Capitol and the Missouri River pedestrian walkway. However, there is one thing that Missouri is missing that most filmmakers deem as a “deal-breaker.”

TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Cynthia Nixon walks through Missouri State Penitentiary

In TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, Cynthia Nixon walks through Missouri State Penitentiary

History Channel’s American Pickers

Since November of 2013, there has not been a tax credit incentive for filmmakers in Missouri. Brittany Mormann, Communications and Film Manager at the Jefferson City CVB says, “While there have been many Missouri-based films produced, many of them are shot elsewhere due to the tax incentives in other states. There is a lot of interest from companies looking to film in Missouri, but they oftentimes consider other filming locations since we do not have a tax credit.”

At this time, there are many advocates who are trying to reinstate the expired tax incentive to help bring projects back to the state. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), along with the Statewide Missouri Film Industry and National Missouri Film Office (MFO) meet annually in Los Angeles each year in an effort to connect the Missouri Film industry with TV and film professionals living in Los Angeles and New York.

The Jefferson City CVB pulls out all the stops to attract producers despite the lack of a tax credit incentive. If a producer is interested in filming in Jefferson City, the CVB helps crews seamlessly carry out the project by facilitating contact between the production company and their locations of choice, partners, services and other local resources that would be of support to their project. For example, the CVB works with various hotels and businesses to help find a suitable base camp and production office and secure lodging at affordable prices. The CVB helps the film crews navigate the city and county channels, obtaining permits as needed. They will also work with local authorities to set up street closings and help with traffic flow. Central Missouri has everything you need, whether it’s lighting and sound, car rentals or catering.

With its mix of urban and rural scenery, many historical landmarks, and charming downtown area, Jefferson City is an attractive location for filming.

If you are interested in choosing Jefferson City for your next film project, please contact the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at (573) 632-2820.