The Maui News - A unit still photographer who has worked on the sets of movies, including "Legally Blonde," "Meet the Fockers" and "Remember the Titans," and is a former National Football League kicker, has been named the new Maui County film commissioner.
Tracy Bennett of Kihei was named to the post, which previous reports said paid between $60,000 and $65,000 a year. He replaces Harry Donenfeld, who held the job for the past two years. No explanation has been given by county officials or Donenfeld as to why the position became vacant.
The new film commissioner is a 17-year veteran of the film industry as a unit still photographer, who takes photos of film sets or does studio shoots for press and publicity. He has worked on the sets of major motion pictures with budgets ranging from $2.5 million to $150 million.
His personal relationships include film and studio executives, directors and actors, such as Adam Sandler, Ice Cube, Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.
"Maui is in a great position because of our new 25 percent tax incentive, brand new film studio and sound stage and the many settings that we offer both film and television," Bennett said. "I'm extremely motivated and excited to bring my experience, contacts and relationships to help expand a booming industry here."
He noted that resources, "like many other government film offices," are tight.
Bennett is a former kicker for the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.