Canning Details His “Hollywood on the Potomac”

“Washington has always been, but is now especially, a hard place to film,” said author Mike Canning, on hand Tuesday night at DC’s MLK Library branch to give a talk/book signing for his work “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C.”

Besides the red tape, DC “doesn’t support the industry through tax incentives and other means,” he explained.  And then, of course, there’s the question of security.

But as Canning discussed the history of commercial filmmaking in the District over the last 70 years — including how American politics have been depicted onscreen — it was clear that the big screen’s obsession with Washington is a growing trend.

And no doubt, DC relishes its inside the Beltway brushes with the stars just as much.

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