Commissioner expects increase in film, TV spending for Big Island

A scene with actors Matt Dillon and Cole Takiue from the 2018 film "Running for Grace," which was shot entirely on the Big Island. "The Wind & the Reckoning, another feature film from Kona producer-director David L. Cunningham, was shot in November last year on the Big Island and is currently in post-production for future release. (Courtesy Photo)

The Cornelia Marie, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, and featured on the Discovery Channel’s "Deadliest Catch" series, is moored in Kailua Bay on Sept. 4, 2020. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The Big Island’s film commissioner is optimistic there’ll be an uptick in spending this year from film, television and video and print advertising productions seeking county permits.