The Michigan Film Incentives are alive and well with over $70 million dollars worth of state film incentives being spent in 2011, to date. This fiscal year we have $25 million dollars in film incentives supporting filming augmented by $45 million dollar worth of projects approved in 2010 that are filming in 2011. As a film community we can also celebrate another fiscal year starting October of 2011 and we have another $25 million budgeted for 2011-2012. Fourteen projects for this fiscal year have been approved with $22.7 million committed resulting in $54.6 in approved production expenditures.
Projects approved in 2010 shooting in 2011
Oz Pontiac Ides of March Detroit, Ann Arbor Reprise Detroit, Plymouth Maniac Detroit When I Need to Smile Detroit, Plymouth Keys to the Goose Ferndale, Lansing Chasing Jimmy Caseville, Huron County
Spy Kids 4 Birmingham Hung – Season 3 Troy, Bloomfield, Detroit Domestic Justice Livonia, Ferndale The Citizen Detroit I Alex Cross Detroit Five Year Engagement Detroit, Ann Arbor Detention of the Dead Pontiac AWOL Detroit, Ann Arbor Sparkle Detroit Freakey Deaky Detroit Have a Little Faith Detroit Ben Hogan – Mobil App Royal Oak
WYOMING, MICH. -- JULY 24, 2011 -- A new, locally produced film began shooting here yesterday.
7 Stones is written, directed and co-produced by Tom Norton, a West Michigan-based filmmaker who recently received a national Telly Award for his documentary How Will We Live?
The film is about an imprisoned woman who had committed crimes against humanity and, ironically, plans to kill a man to redeem herself. In prison, she meets the mysterious Joseph -- a man trapped but unknown to his captors -- who is determined to destroy their prison from the inside out. In a cell where it is always raining, these two people form a bond based on unsteady trust and shared grief.
"7 Stones is about a person realizing she made a very bad choice and having the courage to start over," Norton said.
The woman, Laura, is played by local actor MelissaAnschutz, and the role of Joseph is played by well-known international indie actor DJPerry. Several other locally based actors round out the cast.
7 Stones'crew involves a number of working industry professionals from West Michigan. "The film inspires for its use of local talent in production and acting and will be a strong addition to the local creative community," said Co-Producer Girbe Eefsting, a principal with Norton at 3rdCoastFilmPartners."This is a film that could help encourage film incentives for creative talent from Michigan, especially West Michigan."
The film is being shot in a former Steelcase facility now known as The Paul Building near Eastern Avenue and 36th Street in Wyoming. A portion of the vast space has been transformed into a working movie set to accommodate a six-day shoot on a set designed by West Michigan production designer John Despres. An Emmy winner for his work on the children's television show Come On Over, Despres also managed set design for the feature-length film The Steam Experiment starring Val Kilmer and Armand Assante, which filmed in Grand Rapids several years ago.
7 Stoneswill be featurette length, approximately 45 minutes. Producers plan to market it nationally and internationally as well as submit it to major film festivals. More in the Media Room at http://www.3rdcoastfilm.com/index-4.html.