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City of Superior Pays $15,000 to Sponsor Catalyst Content Festival

Ryan Juntti
Updated: August 07, 2019 10:33 PM

The city of Superior is paying thousands of dollars to become part of the upcoming Catalyst Content Festival, something Mayor Jim Paine says will be a major boost to the city.

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On Tuesday night, the city council voted for the city to sponsor the upcoming Catalyst Content Festival set to happen in Duluth.

The city of Superior will be paying $15,000 to be featured in the Catalyst Content Festival catalog of services. Content creators will now be exposed to all of the services that Superior has to offer such as hotels, restaurants, and anything that a filmmaker would need.

"To participate in the film industry is to help nearly every type of trade and business in the community," said Paine.

The five-day festival in October will be held in several Duluth venues. Those include Zeitgeist, NorShor Theatre, Fitgers, GreySolon, and The Depot.

Paine says the Catalyst Content Festival will bring in jobs all across the city of Superior. Therefore, he says being a part of it was an opportunity the city couldn't pass up.

"The film industry just really hasn't had a presence in the Twin Ports and now it will have a major presence. For Superior to not be a part of that, and to not be in on the ground floor would have been a massive missed opportunity," said Paine.

In addition to the economic impact, Paine is also confident that Superior will become a destination where filmmakers will want to film moving forward.

"I think we're going to benefit dramatically, especially when it comes to producing new films," said Paine. 

Officials say the city of Duluth had to pay $50,000 to be a part of the Catalyst Content Festival with St. Louis County and the IRRRB paying more than that.

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