Tuesday, September 6, 2011

West Michigan Film Office - 09/06/2011

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Film about Edmonton wins $40000 in Michigan film incentives
Detroit Free Press
BY JULIE HINDS "Northern Light," a film about Edmonton, Alberta, has been approved for $40000 in Michigan film incentives for post-production work. ...

Post-Production on Northern Light Approved for Film Incentive

LANSING - The Michigan Film Office announced today that post-production work for the film Northern Light has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The post-production work, including music composition and voice over work for the film, will be done by Farmington Hills-based Yessian Music, Inc.

"This project highlights the many businesses across the state that provide post-production services to a diverse array of projects," said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. "Our post-production facilities are filled with talented Michigan workers and are a critical part of the equation as we continue to grow our infrastructure and attract the best project to Michigan."

Northern Light was awarded an incentive of $40,000 on $100,000 of projected in-state expenditures. The work will be done by existing employees at Yessian Music.
The film showcases the history of Edmonton, Alberta from 12,000 years ago through 1928. The project is being produced to show at the Capitol Theater – part of the 1920s street in the interpretive historical museum at Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton.

In 2011, 16 projects have been approved with $23,200,025 in incentives being awarded on $55,773,677 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,703 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 370 jobs.

All applications for film incentives receive a thorough review by a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) committee comprised of the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Senior Vice President of Policy, the Vice President of Business Development and the Director of the Michigan Film Office.

The current statute is used to guide approval decisions. Preference is given to projects that best meet the following criteria:

1. The production is financially viable.
2. Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, film labs, etc.).
3. The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production.
4. Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.
5. Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.

The film incentive program will continue to be jointly administered by the Michigan Film Office and the Department of Treasury and all projects must be approved in concurrence with the state treasurer. Since the incentives took effect in April 2008, the Film Office and the Department of Treasury have approved a total of $384,265,839 in film incentives on $977,146,781 in total qualified expenditures by productions in Michigan. This represents 221 projects that have been approved to date, including 153 projects that have actually wrapped in the state.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan's own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan, as well as infrastructure development and workforce training.

Michigan Film Festivals

Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
September 17 & 18, Holland
Trinity Film Coalition Film Festival
September 23 & 24, Detroit 
Blue Water Film Festival
October 2 - 8, Port Huron
Made-In-Michigan Film Festival
October 21 & 22, Lapeer
Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival
Oct. 21 - 23, Grand Rapids
Ferndale Film Festival
November 2 - 6, Ferndale
Riverside Saginaw Film Festival
November 2 - 5, Saginaw
Michigan Film Festival
Nov. 11 - 13, Grand Rapids
Saugatuck-Douglas Children's Festival
Nov. 14 - 22, Saugatuck-Douglas
Uptown Film Festival
March 8 - 10, 2012, Birmingham 

Thriller! Chiller! genre film festival selects 57 national and international films for it 2011 lineup!
Grand Rapids, Mich. – August 30, 2011. Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival has selected thirteen features and 44 shorts for a total of 57 national and international films to screen at this year's festival on October 21st _ 23rd at the Wealthy Theatre. Thriller! Chiller! screens films from the U.S. and around the world in the categories of sci-fi, action, suspense and horror at Michigan's premier genre film festival. Eleven countries are represented at this year's festival.
Michigan-made movie and cult classic selections will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Genre movie lovers are going to be geeked by this year's world class selections," says festival director, Chris Randall. "The diversity of the movies this year is incredible and they're going to look great on the big screen down at the Wealthy Theatre this October." 

Ticket information
Festival passes are only $30 with a $5 discount for members of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Film Video Alliance. Passes are available for purchase at http://www.thrillerchiller.com, and are all access for all movies and events the entire weekend.

  Filmed in Kalamzoo, now available for home viewing. Visit Cherrythemovie.com

InsideMovies.EW.com, 08/31/11
Kalamazoo-shot independent film 'Cherry' is out on DVD

Linda from Northern Michigan is LOOKING FOR A SCREENWRITERto listen to and hopefully go with a unique movie idea.  Unique in that there has neverbeen a movie using this idea before.  The idea is a little complex, too complex to be written as a book (my first thought), but would work as a movie.  It involves 12....  Oops, almost gave an important hint.  It would provide opportunities to a considerable number of actors, wouldn't cost much to produce; the challenge is in the writing.  If you are interested and are in Grand Rapids, it so happens I will be in Grand Rapids working at Artprize October 1,2,3.  Otherwise other arrangements can be made.  You can contact me through the Newsletter.  Until then, keep those cameras rolling in Michigan!   The WMFO will forward on emails from interested parties.  rick@wmfilm.org

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