Rare Breed Distillery, which operates the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, got preliminary approval Tuesday for state tax incentives for a $4 million expanded visitors center that will include a tasting room, meeting space, lounge and kitchen.
A study must be conducted before final approval from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority, according to a state news release. Tourism attractions are eligible for a rebate of sales tax over a 10-year period for up to 25 percent of a project's capital costs. The rebate is based on performance; projects must have a positive economic impact for the state.
The tourism incentives board also approved a $250,000 small-business loan for an adventure-tourism project in southern Fayette County, in the Clays Ferry area, that will offer canopy tours and unique lodging opportunities.
The board also approved incentives for a feature film, A Doll's House, produced by ADH Productions. The modern-day adaptation of the classic Henrik Ibsen play — slated to star Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, Jena Malone, Julian Sands and Michele Martin, and be directed by Charles Huddleston — expects to spend about $4 million in Kentucky.
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Shooting is scheduled to take place this year and early next year on location between Louisville and Northern Kentucky in various sites, including near Cincinnati.
"Ibsen's tale of a family unraveling in the face of the debt crisis is as relevant now as it was 130 years ago," Huddleston told film-industry publications. "By bringing it into today's world, I'm going to heighten the characters' emotional turmoil and send them on a frightening journey where their deceptions and financial decisions threaten not only their social standing, but their lives."