Tuesday, June 12, 2012

West Michigan Film Office - 06/12/2012 via @rickhert

State budget nears approval

$50,000,000 set aside for Film Incentives in new budget

Film incentives were doubled to $50 million, while Snyder called for a $25 million cap.  From The Detroit News:

Casting Call


Season 14 Auditions for Individuals to be Held in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta,
Miami, Kansas City, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, Dallas and
San Diego

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. NBC's popular reality series "The Biggest Loser" is
launching a 13-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show.
They will be stopping in Chicago along the way. Individuals who have at least 85 lbs. to lose are
encouraged to apply for the new season, which will air in January 2013.

Casting producers are looking for charismatic individuals who have the desire to change their lives
forever and vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight and compete for a grand prize of
$250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States. For those
who are unable to attend a casting call, information on how to apply to the show and submit a video is
available on www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.

People will not be allowed to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call. Candidates
should bring a non-returnable photo of themselves. The casting team will do their best to see everyone
that arrives before the end time of the open call.

DETROIT: 10a- 6p, Gardner-White Furniture, 45300 Hayes Road, Macomb, MI 48044-3846
Alison Sweeney is the host of "The Biggest Loser," which challenges and encourages overweight
contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise
as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. The series provides the contestants with challenges,
temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title of "the biggest
loser." Contestants work out under the supervision of professional trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett
Quince. "The Biggest Loser" is a production of Shine America, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions.
Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Todd Lubin are the executive producers.
For embeddable clips and full episodes from "The Biggest Loser," please visit NBC.com's official show
site: http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/

For artwork and a complete press kit from the show, please visit the NBC Universal Media Village
website at http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/ 

"Scene" and Heard

Movie trailers: John Serba picks 8 films to see at the Waterfront Film Festival - M-live - John Serba

Detroit gets its own movie tour map - The Detroit News

Tornado film approved for Michigan film incentives - Examiner.com

UICA houses movie theater for art film seekers - The Rapidian


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.

Email darius@wmfva.org for more information.
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Crew Call: Finding Home Shooting in West Michigan

Seeking crew positions for feature length film, Finding Home, shooting in West Michigan this August. Crew positions are un-paid.

Film offers full screen credit, IMDB credit as well as resume building materials.
If interested, please email us ASAP at info@brightideapictures.com.
For more information visit http://brightideapictures.com/news/finding_home_greenlit.html


Spread the word by sharing this information on your social network.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - More than $20,000 in prizes was given away Saturday to 18 Michigan high schools for their winning entries in the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

Public service announcements were submitted by 306 students from 52 high schools, including those in Forest Hills, Byron Center, East Grand Rapids, Thornapple-Kellogg, Jenison and Rockford. Half of the 60 high school students notified that they are finalists and invited to participate in the awards event are from Kent County schools.

The Van Singel Fine Arts Center, along with Celebration Cinema, will host the award presentation at Celebration Cinema North at Knapp's Corner, 2121 Celebration Drive. A welcome reception for finalists and their guests will kick-off the event. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will feature special guest speaker Steven M. Ford, chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and son of the late president.

The public service announcements promote positive choices in the areas of character education, healthy lifestyles and celebrating diversity. The purpose of the film festival is to highlight the talent of audio and visual students while allowing them to make a positive impact in those positive areas.Two different audiences were targeted: Kindergarten through sixth grade, or seventh through 12th grade.

The competition was designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to exhibit their creative talent in audio and visual communications and to share their messages with K-12 schools throughout the state. Home school students also compete. Audio and visual students and professors from colleges and universities, including Ferris State, Grand Valley State and Western Michigan University were the preliminary judges and choose the finalists based on specific criteria.

There was 18 first, second and third place winners announced at the awards presentation. The top three winners from each category will receive prizes of $2,000, $1,000, or $500 in the form of a gift card. All finalists will receive an award and gift bag at the awards presentation. In August, the winning PSAs in each category will be reproduced on DVDs and distributed to schools across the state as tools for their character education, health education and diversity programs. DVDs will also be made available to all Meijer stores for in-store airing.

The purpose of the film festival is to highlight the talent of our state's audio and visual students while allowing these students to make a positive impact on our state's K-12 youth in the areas of Diversity, Character Ed, and Healthy Lifestyles. It was developed in partnership with Meijer Inc., the Meijer Family Foundation, Chemical Bank, the M.E. Davenport Foundation, Celebration Cinemas and the Van Singel Fine Arts Center.

Send us your shorts!

Just wanted to make sure you were planning on sending us your shorts =)

Our fourth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night is solely dedicated to the best short films from ad agency and commercial production professionals in the Midwest. All info below... Submission deadline is July 31st.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at mac@midwestfilm.com.

We look forward to seeing your "non-work work!"
AICP Midwest and The Midwest Independent Film Festival invite you to

Send Us Your "Non-Work Work!"


The 2012 Advertising Community Shorts Night, coming this fall

A one-of-a-kind evening dedicated to midwest ad geeks
itching to prove they can last more than 30 seconds

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