Thursday, May 31, 2012

(Audio) Why Your Social Media Ain't Working & What You Can Do About It. #smday - pamperry's posterous

(Audio) Why Your Social Media Ain't Working & What You Can Do About It. #smday - pamperry's posterous

Connecting the Dots w/ Creative Impact Michigan @artservemi

May 31, 2012

connecting the dots for detroit's arts scene
THURSDAY MAY 31st, 2012

Forward Arts founder Dominic Arellano is creating a structural grid to support musicians, artists, arts groups and independent art projects in Detroit.
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5/31 EAST LANSING: Jerry Seinfeld Live
5/31 MUSKEGON: MMA Awards & Reception
6/1 GRAND RAPIDS: Festival of the Arts
6/1 FARMINGTON: Absinthe Film & Writing Festival
6/1 LANSING: Art by the River Exhibit
6/1 LOWELL: Old Time Radio Show
6/1 ADRIAN: First Fridays
6/2 FARMINGTON: Art on the Grand
6/5 TRAVERSE CITY: Judy Collins in Concert

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cartoonist sees himself in pictures 
THURSDAY MAY 31st, 2012

When a kid who loves to draw makes friends with a kid who loves to tell stories, they grow up to create a comic strip called "The Revolutionary Times" which is growing in international popularity.
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developing with heart
THURSDAY MAY 31st, 2012

A change of heart led this Lansing developer to creative solutions in urban development. Pat Gillespie's latest project, the Marshall Street Armory, is racking up awards for historic preservation and earning points with the community.  Click here to read the full article.

passionate business
THURSDAY MAY 31st, 2012

EMU's Arts Management program is training business professionals to preserve and advance the arts. Marissa Kurtzhals is a senior who is combining her passion for theatre with new media tools and is a great example of today's emerging arts professional.
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EXPOSURE: Films Wanted for Online Film Festival via @thecreatedaily

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Films Wanted for Online Film Festival

Beneath the Earth is an online film festival that was created out of the idea that the Internet has given new power to influence what content gets consumed and who gets noticed. We've already seen it happen in music, where musicians are discovered through the followings they create online. And now we'd like to see it happen for film and use this new power to shine the light on the little guy who's created something beautiful but hasn't been able to cut through the red Hollywood tape.

Submission categories are:
  • Feature Film (over 60 minutes, all genres)
  • Narrative Short (under 60 minutes, all genres)
  • Documentary Short (under 60 minutes, all genres)
  • Animated Short (under 60 minutes, all genres)
  • Music Video (music video under 15 minutes, all genres)
  • Experimental Short (under 60 minutes, all genres)
Beneath the Earth accepts films produced in 1990 through 2012.

A Best Film and Audience Award is given out in each category. The Best Film is determined by Grand Jury vote while the Audience Award is determined by public vote.
The Grand Jury also determines a Best Film Overall Award winner across categories, who will receive a $1000 cash award. All winners, both Best Film and Audience Award winners, will receive the opportunity to have their film reviewed by the Grand Jury, which includes actress Gabourey Sidibe and Variety writer Marc Graser.

Learn more about submitting.

You can submit your film here. Each deadline has a different entry fee. 
Early Bird Deadline: June 1, 2012
Regular Deadline: July 31, 2012
Late Deadline: August 15, 2012
Extended Deadline: August 31, 2012

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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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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Westland #Library June 2012 Newsletter #michlit #michigan via @westlandlibrary

Westland Public Library

June 2012 Newsletter

June Hours

9am - 9pm
9am - 5pm

6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185 | 734.326.6123 | | |

Library News

Reduction in Library Hours Begins July 1st

While Library usage has steadily increased, tax revenues for the Library have decreased each year with a drop of more than $800,000 over the last five years. The Library has done everything possible to weather these cuts while still providing quality services and programming-with much help from the Friends of the Library, community partnerships, and the creativity of Library staff.

In spite of these efforts, these cuts have reached a critical point in the 2012-2013 budget year. Due to falling tax revenues and unavoidable budget constraints, we are unhappy to announce that beginning July 1, the Library will reduce staff, programming and operational hours. 

The Library's new hours will be as follows:

Sunday-Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 12pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm

There will be a library millage vote on August 7th, 2012.

For more information about these changes and the state of your Library, please visit or stop by and talk to us!

Summer Reading Program Begins June 16th!

Dream Big: READ

Children (Ages 0 - 12)*

Read (or be read to) for 100 minutes for a prize! Can you log 600 minutes this summer? We have something special in store for kids who rise to the challenge! Ends July 28th.

Own the Night

Teens (Grades 7 - 12)*

We have a special challenge just for teens: keep track of your reading to earn awesome prizes! We'll have weekly gift card drawings. Ends August 4th.

Think Again

Adults (Ages 18+)

Earn tickets for each time you read a book, listen to an audiobook, or download an ebook from OverDrive! We'll have weekly drawings for great gift cards to local businesses. Ends August 4th.

Adult Programs

District Coffee Hour

Monday, Jun 11 | 9 - 10 am

Join State Senator Glenn Anderson and State Representative Richard LeBlanc for a monthly district coffee hour. Ask questions and share your concerns with your local government officials.

Veterans Writing Group

Wednesday, Jun 20 | 7 pm

Join veteran and working-class poet, Mark Durfee, as he helps veterans of all foreign wars explore their wartime experiences through writing. Writers of all styles (poetry, fiction, memoir) are encouraged to attend.

Screenwriting Workshop*

Thursday, Jun 21 | 7 pm

Learn about the art of writing for the big and small screens with Drew Tierney, screenwriter and novelist.

Writers Club*

Thursday, Jun 28 | 7 pm

Do you have stories, poems or ideas you would like others to hear, but not critique, in a casual atmosphere? Led by Cheryl Vatcher-Martin

Westland Writers Workshop

Tuesday, Jun 19 | 7 pm

The Writers Workshop critiques individuals' writing in a workshop setting. All genres accepted. We will tell you what is working with your piece, as well as what needs improvement.

Adult SRP: Think Again

Healthy Recipe Substitutions*

Wednesday, Jun 27 | 7 pm

Join Carolyn Simon of the Red Pepper Deli to learn more about simple ways you can turn existing recipes into delicious dishes that fit your vegetarian, vegan or raw diet.

Monthly Book Clubs*


Tuesday, Jun 19 | 7 pm

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum


Monday, Jun 27 | 12 pm

The Art Student's War by Brad Leithauser

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Jun 27 | 7 pm

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

eReader Support Group

Wednesday, Jun 13 | 2 - 4 pm

Do you have an eReader? Want to learn more about it? Drop in each month to meet with other eReader users, share your eReader expertise, or learn some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your device.

Creating Flyers and Pamphlets with Microsoft Publisher*

Thursday, Jun 14 | 7 pm

Microsoft Office Publisher is a computer tool that helps you create and design paper handouts. We'll show you how to use Publisher to make flyers and brochures. Computer Basics or previous computer experience required.

Look for these Programs Every Month:

Computer Classes*

A variety of free, hands-on computer classes are offered every month at the library. Space is limited, so sign up at the Reference Desk.

Chess Club

Thursdays | 6 pm

Saturdays | 1 pm

Like to play chess? Come to the Westland Chess Group and hang out and play a couple of games. Bring your own board or use one of ours. Novices to chess masters are all welcome.

Job Seekers Lab

Tuesdays | 10 am - 1 pm
Wednesdays | 5 pm - 8 pm
Fridays | 1pm - 4 pm

A librarian will be available to assist you in filing for unemployment, creating and uploading a resume and other job-related tasks.

Movies in the Library

The Greatest Generation: Viewing and Discussion

Wednesday, Jun 06 | 3 pm

Join us for a viewing of The Greatest Generation (2010), a documentary film about the lives of veterans and other Detroiters during World War II. Joe Salvio, an area Veteran and historian, will be on hand to answer your questions after the viewing. Film shown in partnership with American House of Westland.

Documentary Movie: The Art of the Steal (2009)

Wednesday, Jun 20 | 7 pm

Join us for a viewing of the documentary film: The Art of the Steal. Dr. Albert Barnes amassed one of the most impressive collections of art in the world, with an estimated value of $25 million, and it was his last wish that the collection remain at the Barnes Foundation, far from the administrators of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Art of the Steal follows the "theft" of this collection, not by black-masked villains, but by those (including Barnes Foundation trustees) who worked to sidestep Barnes' will and arrange for the relocation of his collection to the very establishment he despised most. Refreshments will be provided.

Teens Only!

BollyFit for Teens

Saturday, Jun 02 | 1 pm

Take a BollyFit class at the library. BollyFit is a popular fitness/ dance class inspired by Indian dance. An instructor from BollyFit in Ann Arbor, MI, will be here to teach us how to dance Bollywood-style.

Wii Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament*

Thursday, Jun 07 | 3:30 pm

Join us for our Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament! The tournament starts at 4 PM, so be sure to check in by that time if you want to participate. Small prizes are available for the individual tournament date winners, and a big prize will be awarded to the overall tournament champ (points accumulated over all three tournament dates).

Bats Around the World*

Ages 8 - 18 | Thursday, Jun 28| 7 pm

Learn about different bats found all over the world and how they live.

Teen SRP: Own the Night

Teen SRP Kickoff*

Saturday, Jun 16 | 9 am - 5 pm

Sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program starting today! Earn prizes for reading over the summer and enter to win some fabulous gift cards. The theme this year is "Own the Night," so look forward to ghost hunters, horror movies, bats, and more! Program ends August 4th.

After Hours Event: Nightmares Up Close

Friday, Jun 29 | 7 pm

A hands-on workshop examing the facts from 8 terrifying, real-life events like the Lizzy Borden murders and the sinking of the Titanic.

Own the Night Horror Films

(Rated PG-13)

Pop and popcorn provided!

Wednesday, Jun 20 | 1 pm

Chronicle (2012)

Wednesday, Jun 27 | 6:30 pm

The Woman in Black (2012)

Kids' Happenings

Guessing Jar

Jun 20 - Jul 25

We will fill a "Guessing Jar" with treats each week. Stop by for a guess. The closest guess will win the entire jar! One guess per child per day.

Make It/Take It Craft

Tuesday, Jun 26 | 10 am - 12 pm & 6 - 8 pm

Join us for a fun-filled craft! Everything you need will be ready to go!

Capture the Flag*

Wednesday, Jun 27 | 10:30 am

Come play capture the flag at the Library this summer. We will meet in the lobby and go outside to play. Permission slip required.

Family Movies

Monday, Jun 18 | 7 pm

Friday, Jun 22 | 1 pm

Join us for a free family movie (G or PG rating). All ages welcome! Enjoy the show! *Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bats in the Library!

Thursday, Jun 28

Basically Bats!*

Ages 3 - 7 | 6 pm

Find out what makes bats unique. This program will feature live bats from across the globe!

Bats Around the World*

Ages 8 - 18 | 7 pm

Learn about different bats found all over the world and how they live.


Go Green Totes*

Ages 7+ | Thursday, Jun 21 | 2 & 7 pm

Decorate a reusable tote bag with stencils and fabric paint. Supplies will be provided.

Family Storytime

Tuesday, Jun 19 | 10:30 am

Bring the whole family to enjoy 20 minutes of stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs!

Dream Big: READ!

Summer Reading Kickoff*

Saturday, Jun 16 | 10 am - 4 pm

Are you up for a challenge? Can you read (or be read to) for 600 minutes this summer? You will earn a prize for every 100 minutes. Complete the challenge and receive a special prize!

StarDogs Astronomy*

Grades K-2 | Tuesday, Jun 19 | 3 pm

Grades 3-6 | Tuesday, Jun 19 | 4:15 pm

Dream Big about the stars, sky and universe in this inflatable planetarium!

Readers' Theatre Workshop and Performance*

Monday, Jun 25 | 6 pm

Dream Big on stage! We'll read a short play and have fun acting out a story with simple props and costumes, and perform it live at 7:30 pm!

Book Clubs

There will be no book club meetings over the summer. They will resume in the fall. See you then!


*Stop by or call the library to register for any of these programs, or sign up online on the Library's website.

OverDrive service is here!

Wondering what to do with that new eReader? We now have OverDrive downloadable content for Westland residents interested in downloading audio book or eBook files to their home computer, eReader or mobile device. For more information, visit Download Destination website.

Reading Help Available for Adults*

The Westland Public Library offers literacy tutoring to adults interested in improving their reading skills. If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please call or visit Kristy in the Reference department.

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Funding for all library programs provided by The Friends of the Westland Public Library.


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