Bill in the works transferring Guam Film Office to PBS

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Speaker Tina Muna Barnes

Guam – Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes is planning to file a bill that would transfer the Guam Film Office from the Guam Economic Development Authority to PBS Guam.

The Guam Film Office is an unfunded mandate that was introduced more than seven years ago by then Senator Tina Muna-Barnes.

Although the Guam Film Office bill was passed, the Speaker said the previous administration in GEDA “did not prioritize it.”

The plan to file a new Guam Film Office bill comes as the Speaker confirmed to PNC News that a Netflix movie is being shot on location in Guam.

Because there was no active Guam Film Office on island, the Speaker said she had to meet personally with the director of the Netflix production earlier this year to help facilitate the filming of the movie on island and help showcase Guam to the world.

Earlier, the Speaker said she was approached by a famous, globally recognized production company for a documentary. However, this did not push through because the production company did not have a government agency to turn to in order to facilitate its filming.

The Speaker is hopeful that transferring the purview of the Guam Film Office to PBS would boost the establishment of a movie industry for Guam because the island has missed so many opportunities already.

The Speaker said her office already had a meeting with some stakeholders to gauge their input on her draft bill, along with the recommendations that came out of their initial meeting.

She intends to introduce the bill by the end of this week.