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Wild Turkey distillery, Ben Kingsley film in line for tourism incentives

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.

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."

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