Thursday, May 31, 2012

West Michigan Film Office - 05/31/2012 via @rickhert

Casting Call

Bright Idea Pictures, a West Michigan film company, announces the official casting call for the motion picture, Finding Home. The film will be shot entirely in West Michigan and parts of Northern Lower Michigan. In development since 2007, the project is an ambitious local production that continues to seek out innovative ways to produce independent films.

The casting call will be held at the Holiday Inn located in downtown G.R. at 310 Pearl Street NW on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. No Appointment necessary, casting call is for non-union actors and actresses. Producers ask perspective talent to bring headshot and general information.

Principle photography of the film will commence for 5 days in August 2012. The film will involve West Michigan Accident

Casting for:
NOAH: MALE, 20s, is a depressed 20 something who can't stand working for the man. He dreams of a simpler life, built on true happiness. His cheating fiancé and dying dad take him over the edge...He befriends a homeless man and begins the journey of his life.

WALTER: MALE, 50s-60s, rough, homeless and generally shy. A bad car wreck in the 80's leaves him emotionally scarred. His life long goal is to return to the place he used to call home.

NAOMI: FEMALE, 50s, Noah's mother must come to grips with the fact that her husband is dying before her eyes. She is worn down, but refuses to give up hope.

OLIVIA: FEMALE, 20s, is a gorgeous girl, not sure if she really wants to get married to her high school sweetheart. Things haven't felt right to her in a while, unfortunately, she mistakenly transforms those feelings into cheating.

CHARLIE: MALE 70s-90s, is Walter's best friend. Unfortunately, he's slowly dying in a retirement home. He's a down to earth individual who enjoys spending time with friends.

JOHN: MALE, 30s, is Noah's boss at work. He's secretly in an affair with his fiance`.

JANET: FEMALE, 20s-40s, is a beautiful woman who struggles to make ends meet in a diner she inherited from her father. She befriended Walter years ago, and helps him emotionally.

YOUNG WALTER: TEENS, young outspoken, and a partier. He has a child with Elizabeth, and gets in a horrible car accident.

LARRY: MALE, 50s-60s, a grizzly dirty pawn storeowner. His joy in life is ruining lives.

MECHANIC: MALE, 20s-60s, a man who knows cars, he works weekends at the car shop. 


"Scene" and Heard

'Restaurant: Impossible' to film episode at Frankie's Restaurant in Three Rivers this week -  M-live

"Action!" Kalamazoo writer/director Cindy Gustafson brings movie-making into town with "A Chance of Rain" - M-live

Michigan film incentives: Movie executives praise potential boost included in state budget deal - M-Live

Michigan Film Industry Expected To Receive Extra $25 Million In 2013 Budget After 2012's Steep Cuts - Michigan Chronicle

Commentary: Film Tax Credits - Jack Lessenberry and NPR

Michigan film industry to get extra $25M to lure Hollywood - Lasing State Journal

Chris Eyre's new film hits U.S. theaters Friday ("Hide Away," formerly "A Year in Mooring")  (Filmed in Traverse City)

"Last Vegas" With Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas And Robert Deniro May Film In Michigan -

Shot in Howell area, 'High School' hits theaters this week - Livingston Dailey

4 Wall Shorts - sponsored by West Michigan Film and Video Alliance

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 6:30 pm doors / 7pm program
Wealthy Theatre Koning Micro-Cinema
A collection of shorts from area filmmakers. To participate, contact Darius Mathis for guidelines. Join us for networking before the program. Free Concessions WMFVA Members.

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 Michigan Film Festivals


Ann Arbor goes mainstream, debuts "Cinetopia International Film Festival" 

May 31 - June 3, Ann Arbor
Waterfront Film Festival

June 14 - 17, Saugatuck
Detroit Windsor International Film Festival

June 20 - 24, Detroit
MovingMedia Student Film Festival

June 20 - 24, Detroit
Reel Michigan Film Festival

June 23, Northville
48 Hour Film Project

July 13 - 15, Detroit
Traverse City Film Festival
July 31 - Aug. 5, Traverse City
Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival

Sept. 15 & 16, Holland
Jaxon Film Fest

Sept. 29, Jackson
Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival

Oct. 4 - 7, Bay City
Blue Water Film Festival
Oct. 5 & 6, Port Huron
Flint Film Festival

Oct. 12 & 13, Flint
Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival

Oct. 18 - 20, Grand Rapids
East Lansing Film Festival


Grand Rapids, MI -Fubble Entertainment, LLC founded by the award winning team of Teresa L. Thome and Patrick W. Ziegler announces an Emmy nomination for its first project, Backstage Drama, a web series benefiting community theatres. The series, distributed at, produced and co-directed by Thome & Ziegler, was created with the support of more than 145 volunteers in West Michigan and Chicago. It is filmed almost entirely at Grand Rapids Civic Theater.

The series has already received a national Telly Award and a regional Eclipse Award. "We are very pleased with the recognition for the project. The team worked tirelessly to produce the episodes and the nomination is a testament to their talent," Thome offers. While both Thome and Ziegler have Emmys for their work on the locally produced "Come On Over!" Ziegler states, "I have to admit there is something incredibly special about this nomination. The show is an idea that we created and have nurtured for more than three years. It's an incredible honor that a nominating committee of our peers finds value in our idea and our work", he adds. 

The team is hopeful that the nomination will help in marketing efforts to continue to sell the series to interested audiences. The series is available for a purchase price of $9.99, from which 30% is contributed to the community or independent theater of the purchasers choosing. To date, more than $500 has been distributed to community theaters across the country.

The goal of fubble entertainment is to create a sustainable business that produces original content for the entertainment consumer that doesn't rely on the buy-in of Hollywood for its success. The model for providing the first property, the web series, is innovative and ground-breaking. As more and more people turn to the web for their viewing habits, Thome and Ziegler seek to capture a share of that market. The young company continues to seek investors in this project and other properties. The goal is to produce five more episodes in the near future. 


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