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The 12/05/2011 West Michigan Film Office Newsletter.
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Crew Call

Untitled Blue Falcon Project
Crew call and hiring all positions.  This is an ultra-low budget, non-union, feature film shooting in Grand Rapids and the west Michigan area.  Locals preferred.  Prep for some positions starts immediately with tentative shooting dates from week of Dec. 12th through mid-January.  Crew will work Six day weeks, 12hr days.  May have unpaid holiday from Dec. 19th through 25th for Christmas. The project is an Eastern Indian film. Hindi or Tamil speaking applicants a plus.
Approx. budget $500k.
Please address and send resumes to:
Lance Johnson


The House Commerce Committee voted SB 569 out of committee yesterday, December 1, 2011. The bill passed 16-1 with the lone no vote being Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake).
Several amendments were made to the bill including:
An amendment by Rep Cindy Denby (R-Fowlerville) that requires that all gifts and donations  to the film office and its employees comply with the limitations imposed by State law and be posted on a website for disclosure;
An amendment by Committee Chair Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) that requires that 5% of all monies appropriated are designated for post-production in Michigan; and,
An amendment by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R-Utica) that removed commercials from the bill.
Several other amendments were proposed that did not pass by Rep. Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and supported by Reps. Lund (R-Shelby Twp.), Jeff Farrington (R-Utica), and Pat Sommerville (R-New Boston). These included:
An amendment that would have limited the incentive to Michigan residents/businesses;
An amendment that would have limited incentives to $150,000 instead of $2,000,000 per employee, and a third that would have limited the grants to no more than the state collected in direct revenue.
The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration of the amendments added by the House and then to the full house floor for a vote.
We expect the bill to be considered by the House next week. We will update all of our members as things progress.
Please continue to contact your House Representative and ask them to support this legislation.
Click here for a list of Representatives.

Casting call

West Michigan Casting Call for 'A Dog for Christmas'


From Brauer Productions, Inc. www.brauer.com
Tickets are now on sale for a sneak preview screening on December 14 of Rich Brauers new film, DOGMAN.
This sneak preview is at the glorious State Theater in Traverse City at 6 and 8:30 pm.
Regular Admission Prices: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and over, and $6 for students and kids 12 and under. All Access members get in free, and other members are $6.
2011/US/NR (PG-13)/90 minutes
In person: Director/Writer/Producer Rich Brauer; Dogman songwriter/author Steve Cook, who wrote the original song in 1987, plus other members of the cast and crew.
Hanklin Purvis enjoys the outdoors, and he loves to hunt. He and his wife, Dorothy, live on a farm in the rural mid-west.
Then one summer, things start happening. The first victims are family pets, then wild animals -- and Hanklin is suddenly thrust into a series of encounters with a beast he never believed existed. When people start getting injured, the police get involved.

Then the town discovers that the wounds have a deadly bacteria, and the clock is ticking for those infected. The attacker is not human, that's for sure -- and it needs to be stopped. Hanklin's neighbor, Francis Wellman, is a Native American who believes she has discovered an ancient antidote. Will they find the perpetrator of these horrifying attacks?
Location: The film was shot in Benzie County, areas that are known haunts for the real dogman.
Cast: Larry Joe Campbell (Michigan-born actor most familiar as Jim Belushi's brother-in-law on the TV sit-com "According to Jim") plays Hanklin, a native up-north Michigan man. Hanklin's wife is played by Mariann Mayberry ("War of the Worlds," "Handsome Harry").
Director's Notes:
All the legends surrounding Dogman represent a classic campfire story.  As for the film, I think it has enough frightening moments, mixed in with real life relationships and situations to make for good entertainment.
There are woodland creatures all over the world that get blamed for things, and our character takes some heat for his share.  The actors really bring the characters to life and deliver a fun and fast paced performance.
The Michigan Dogman, The Legend
For years... or centuries for the local Native Americans and their ancestors, these many legends of the Dogman have been passed down from generation to generation. Some say there are families or small communities of Dogman-like peoples living in the rustic bush in Michigan and Canada.
We (as civilized beings) are always expanding our territories as humans encroach upon these creatures. This expansion may be the cause, or one of many causes, that brings human and Dogman together, time and time again.
Some Native Americans believe that these creatures are sacred. Other ancient stories speak of people that can shape shift at will into many creatures.
Native American legends call these shape shifters "Skin-Walkers," people with the supernatural ability to turn into any animal they desire. Similar creatures can be found in lore from all over the world, closely related to beliefs in werewolves (also known as lycanthropes) and other "were"
creatures (which can be described as therianthropes). The Mohawk Indian word "limikkin" is sometimes used to describe all skin-walkers. It is also known as the Yenaldooshi. Other terms for shapeshifters include metamorph, skin-walker, mimic and therianthrope. The prefix "were-," coming from the Old English word for "man" (masculine rather than generic), is also used to designate shapeshifters; despite its root, it is used to indicate female shapeshifters as well.
Web site: http://www.nativeeyezmedia.com/dogman.html
Blog: http://michigan-dogman.com/wordpress/
For more information, contact Rich Brauer at rich@brauer.com or 231-941-0850 ext #105 

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