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‘Tbilisi, I Love You’ Producer Opts for Los Angeles in ‘Butch Livingston’

“Tbilisi, I Love You” producer Nika Agiashvili will shoot indie drama-comedy “The Short Happy Life of Butch Livingston” in Los Angeles this summer.

“From a business standpoint, I realize there are tax breaks in shooting in other states, but it would not balance the costs my productions would incur by taking my crew and cast out of state during that time,” he told Variety. “Creatively, L.A.’s look, feel and neighborhoods are the backdrop I envision when writing my scripts and become a character that is as important as the actors in bringing my films to life.”

Many productions have been fleeing California thanks to lucrative incentives — even films that are set in the Golden State such as “San Andreas,” “The Internship” and “Elysium.” As a result, legislation has been introduced recently to sweeten the state’s production credit program.

Agiashvili will direct from his own script, which centers on a writer (played by George Finn) in search of his dream woman, Sheharezade.

Agiashvili’s Storyman Pictures is producing with John Edward Lee and Deanna Plascencia. Credo Cinema’s Jason Speer is executive producing.

Agiashvili is repped by Brooklyn Weaver at Energy Entertainment. Finn is represented by Innovative Artists and Lena Roklin at Luber Rocklin Entertainment.

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