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Employment History


Red Planet Entertainment , LLC.


Red Planet Entertainment , LLC.

Tupelo Film Festival Society


Red Planet Entertainment , LLC.

GhostRider Entertainment




Mississippi State University

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Benton started Red Planet Entertainment, LLC in 1980 and GhostRider Entertainment in 2007. His is the founder of the Sun & Sand Film & Music Festival. Benton produced his first film, Rites of Spring in 2010. Benton worked as Motion Capture Producer or Motion Capture Supervisor on such feature films as I Am Legend, The Incredible Hulk, Mummy III, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Polar Express, and The Day After Tomorrow. He is currently working on several films to be produced in Mississippi.

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Wes Benton, president of Red Planet Entertainment, said the film incentive program is probably the best in the country because its a cash rebate, rather than a tax rebate.

The investor gets his money back quicker, Benton said.
He had to bring in some crew members from other states to work on Rites of Spring, but hes currently working with partners across the state to promote the movie industry.
Our goal is to create that workforce so that Mississippi realizes all the revenue potential of the films coming, he said. Hes offering classes throughout the spring for aspiring lighting grips, assistant directors, production assistants and script supervisors.
Filmmakers usually have a natural incentive to use local crew, Benton said, because locals dont need a per diem allowance for living expenses.
Even that doesnt always work out in Mississippi, said Benton.

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The inaugural coast film festival aims to be a music festival as well, said Wes Benton of Red Planet Entertainment, event producer with casinos and venues. "Our goal was to go out and find actors that are entertainers as well, such as Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Steve Martin ... people like that that sing as well as act," Benton said - "a different twist on a film festival.

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Its already started, said Wes Benton, owner of Red Planet Entertainment, who brought his production company home to Jackson and has helped the state develop what it needs to attract film.

He believes the smaller, independent productions are whats best for Mississippi.
While The Help and blockbusters are great to have here, Benton said, theyre not coming every year.

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Jackson natives and film industry veterans Wes and Bobby Benton hope the five-day festival will bring more film production to the state and engage a new workforce to support a growing entertainment industry.

Were on the verge of seeing this industry really take off, said Wes Benton, president of Red Planet Entertainment.

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