Wednesday, May 2, 2012

West Michigan Film Office - 04/30/2012 via #@rickhert

Micky Madson premiers May 10th 

We are thrilled to announce the world premiere of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy, written, directed, and produced by Michigan native Harold Cronk.  The star-studded red carpet event is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Celebration! Cinema – North in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  On behalf of the production, please join in for all Premiere festivities, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
·         Be on hand for the red carpet arrival of the film's Cast, Director, and Producers 
·         Meet the celebrity cast and get autographs
·         Enjoy the film with free pop and popcorn, compliments of Celebration! Cinema 
·         Pose for red carpet photos with your party
·         Mingle with cast, crew, and guests at a private reception following the show

A limited number of tickets are also available for $25 per person and include all benefits listed above.  Visit our website at should you wish to purchase tickets for this event.

State film Commish

Dear Friends –
There is a lot going on with the Michigan Film Office, so I wanted to be sure and reach out and let you know what we have been up to.
First, I am so excited to announce that we have approved our first film project under the new incentive program – Beside Still Water.  This is a great story that takes place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and is a homecoming of sorts for producer Jason Potash who is a native of Detroit.  You can read the full release here.  We hope to be making some additional announcements on several other projects soon.
I also wanted to make you aware of a new report that has been posted on the Film Office website.  This is a report that is required by the new statute and gives a snapshot of our first quarter this year.  We will do similar reports each quarter going forward.  If you have any questions about the contents of this report, please give us a call.
We have been continuing our efforts to get the word out to the industry that Michigan has a new program and is back in business.  I was in Grand Rapids for two separate events this week, talking about the industry and the new program.  I will be out in Los Angeles next week meeting with the studios and other key industry folks talking about all that Michigan has to offer.  The Film Office will also be hosting a business attraction event at the Coney Dog in West Hollywood following the AFCI Locations Trade Show in June – which we will have a booth at.  Michigan remains a great place for film and digital media projects and we are making that case every day.
Finally, I want to make you aware of some great Michigan projects that are being released in the upcoming weeks.  First, Touchback will make its premiere at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids this Friday.  Look for Mike and Tony from our office at that event.  On May 3 Waterwalk will be premiering, also at Celebration Cinema North and on May 4 Giant Mechanical Man will open at the Birmingham 8 theater.  Folks across the state can catch Giant Mechanical Man on demand prior to its release.  Finally, Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy will be making its red carpet debut at Celebration Cinema North on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. with an extended run at Celebration Cinema North, Rivertown and South to follow. 
I and others from the Film Office will be at these premiere events so if you are there, please say hello!  The Film Office is looking forward to these great releases and I encourage you to get out and support these made-in-Michigan films.
As always, please do not hesitate to email or call our office if you have any questions.
Carrie Jones, Director
Michigan Film Office

Filming Locations Needed

Looking for a large estate with an outdoor or indoor pool for a 4 day shoot this summer.  The house needs to be in affluent neighborhood somewhere in Grand Rapids.  

Grand Valley State University Summer Film Program is seeking a private residence (home) location to shoot in late July (exact dates TBD) approximately 3-4 days. This home is to feature in our short film scheduled for limited theatrical release som in 2013.
No requirements/restrictions except property's location is somewhere near Allendale/Grand Rapids area. This is an on-going student film project so a donated site is appreciated, however, a modest rental fee, is negotiable. 
If interested, please forward any available Int/Ext photography to:

Producer/Director: Mitch Nyberg at:

Production Manager: Jess Kean at:

MFO - First Quarter numbers

Michigan State Film Office quarterly report now available.  Click Here!

"Scene" and Heard

Picture this: Interlochen Arts Academy sees a future in film studies as it turns 50      M-Live

West Michigan movie 'Virginia,' starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris, gets local premiere   M-Live

Check out the trailer for What's Wrong with Virginia - Shot in Holland by local Tic Toc Studio

New movie being partially filmed in Traverse City area  - Second Wave

Hudsonville student's TV piece wins national contest  M-Live

Touchdown for "TouchBack"   Wood 8

Touchback - An Inspirational Story, and a little football too!    WZZM 13 and Kathy Gomez

State Film Office Awards 1st Credit in New Plan

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SAG - AFTRA merge

Two organiztions merge into one saving local actors on dues.  

Eighty years later, two Hollywood unions are one. Both approve the merger by more than 80 percent  - Hollywood Reporter


Educational opportunity

I just wanted to let you know I am holding two summer performing arts intensives this summer.  One at the Saugatuck Center For The Arts, July 16th-21st & the other at Lowell Performing Arts Center, August 13th-18th. Our summer intensive will include Master Classes with star of TV's Smash Megan Hilty, So You Think You Can Dance Winner, Melanie Moore, 8West's Rachael Ruiz, myself and several more.  Additional classes will be taught in acting, voice, singing and many more medias. The camp will also feature a Student Film Festival; where the students will conceive, write, director, edit and produce their own short films.  The films will premiere at the end of the week along with performances of the student's class work.
Below is our latest eblast announcing our Lowell location and a link to our movie promo trailer!
For additional information and to register people can go to

We are only accepting 100-150 students per location and are offering scholarships and financial aid.
My Best,
David Petro
David Petro Casting

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