By adamg on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 11:09pm
Michael J. Epstein, a Somerville musician and filmmaker who has given us, among other things, the Boston version of the opening of The Prisoner, is leaving for Los Angeles this fall along with his partner Sophia Cacciola. Epstein cites a number of reasons, including the weather, but writes the move is ultimately about the frustrations and limitations of the creative world in the Boston area:
Every year, more and more of our friends give up and move outside the city because they can no longer afford the rent. Boston, as a community and as an institution, fails to support startup and mid-level arts groups. ...
This deficit means that the city fails to attract the types of infrastructure that result in creative workers getting paid fair wages. For our needs, that means that there are very few record labels, booking agencies, feature-film production houses, film distribution companies, etc. We personally just can’t rely on crowdfunding and accumulating debt forever, and we can’t work under those financial restrictions to do better than we are now. We are just killing ourselves to pull off anything serious on tiny budgets. The true cost of this failure to value creative work is that people like us are significantly burdened by staying, and we are driven to leave. We’d prefer to stay, but it’s self-sabotaging to wait for sociopolitical miracles.