Council Report: Permit fees waived for ’12 Mighty Orphans’ film

12 Mighty Orphans


In a move to help in the production of the much-anticipated movie “12 Mighty Orphans,” the Fort Worth City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution to waive permit fees for the makers of the film.

The feature film will be produced in Fort Worth in the fall. It is based on the true story of orphans, known as the Mighty Mites, who lived and played football in the 1930s and 1940s at the Masonic Home and School of Texas in Fort

Worth. It is from the novel of the same name, written by sportswriter Jim Dent.

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City officials estimate the economic impact of the film to be around $11.7 million, including the value of media coverage, local hiring, hotel room nights, and support of local businesses.

“It’s the opportunity, from the city’s perspective, to support a historic documentation like this,” District 7 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Shingleton said. “There’s widespread public interest, it’s a significant piece of local history, it’s something we should support and get behind.”

Temporary on-street parking is required during the 74 days of production for the

film crew and production vehicles in the 4500 block of Mercantile Drive, and perhaps other locations. City code requires permits and fees for temporary street use.

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The estimated savings to the production company from the fees waived is approximately $25,000, city officials said.