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Mitch Album to Speak at Film Industry Town Meeting

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Maxar Studios to Host Town Meeting

An organizational and informational event to most effectively communicate to Michigan’s legislators, governor and voting public why the film incentive program should be preserved.

Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday, February 24th
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Laurel Manor, 38099 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 (Location changed due to the large response)

Featured Speakers:

  • Mitch Albom, Free Press Columnist
  • Mike Binder, filmmaker and Michigan native
  • Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer, and former State Rep.
  • Philippe Martinez, Maxsar Studios CEO
  • Emery King and Jim Burnstein, Chair and Vice-Chair, MFO Advisory Council
  • Chris Baum, Film Detroit/Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Ken Droz, Consultant and former MFO Communications Mgr.
  • Others to be announced

Provided will be various evidence and informational points, legislators’ names and contact info, and strategic methods on conveying the most effective message possible to legislative officials and districts statewide.

Open to the press and general public.

Questions or Concerns:

Please direct all questions or concerns to:

Kevin Smith Plans to Shoot His Final Movie “Hit Somebody” in Detroit

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

“Hit Somebody” Filming in Michigan

Kevin Smith announced that he is planning to shoot his final film in Detroit, MI.  The film is titled “Hit Somebody” and is based off a Warren Zevon song which was written by Mitch Albom. It tells the story of a hockey player with a talent for fighting.  Starring in the film are Kyle Gallner, Nicholas Braun and Michael Parks. “Hit Somebody” should film sometime near the end of 2011.

Warren Zevon – “Hit Somebody”

The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF 2011) Final Call for Submissions

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Narrative Features and Student Shorts Needed!

The Capital City Film Festival

The Capital City Film Festival is looking for more film submissions from promising filmmakers. This is the first year for the CCFF which we be held in Lansing, Michigan on April 14th – April 1th, 2011.

Many films have already been submitted from all over the world but they would still love to receive a few more, particularly narrative features and student shorts, a category for which they are giving away more than $7,000 in prizes. If you would like to submit a film in either of these two categories they will consider all reasonable fee waiver requests. The deadline is coming up quickly on February 1st.

For more information or to submit a film contact Katie at: or visit:

“Oz” and Johnny Depp Filming in Michigan?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Michigan’s Next Big Feature Film

Johnny Depp

According to the Freep, Disney’s prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” titled “Oz” may be filming in Michigan at Raleigh Studios. The $105-million film is also rumored to have the lead role filled by Johnny Depp.

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Clarkston Public Access Center Broadcasting Talent & Crew Training

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Free News Talent & Crew Training Classes

Interested in a career in broadcasting? Get on the job experience with Clarkston Public Access Center. We a currently looking for individuals interested in learning how to be a news talent and/or crew. This is free training and is a great start to your first demo reel.

The Clarkston Public Access Center provides free video production training, to area residents. These classes provide a creative outlet for volunteers, hobbyists, service organizations, media students, and anyone who is curious about how television shows are created.

How to Apply:

Our video production classes are free, and are on-going. If you have an interest in video production, movie making, television shows or are just curious about what happens in a television studio send an email to:

Clarkston Public Access Center
5255 Maybee Rd.
Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 673-9581

“Real Steel” Movie Trailer – Filmed in Detroit, MI

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Official Trailer for Hugh Jackman’s “Real Steel”

The Detroit filmed movie “Real Steel” starring Hugh Jackman has released the trailer. If you were an extra on this project you just might find yourself in one of the trailer’s shots. Check it out!

George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” to Film in Michigan

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Another Feature Film for Michigan!

George Clooney will be in Michigan again filming his new movie “The Ides of March”. Clooney will both direct and star in the film. Other big names already cast for this film are Ryan Gosling and Evan Rachel Wood. “The Ides of March” is scheduled to start filming in March.

The film is based on the play by Beau Willimon and is about an idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Extras Casting: (Updated)

If you are interested in applying as an extras for this film details can be found through the link below:

“The Ides of March” Extras Casting

ABC Adds 5 Additional “Detroit 1-8-7” Episodes

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

“Detroit 1-8-7” Continues to Survive!

ABC announced that the show has been picked up for an additional five episodes. Originally scheduled for a half-season of 13 episodes, Detroit 1-8-7 will now have a 18 episode run. This means more work for Michigan cast and crew!

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West Michigan to Rally in Support of Michigan Film Incentives

Friday, October 15th, 2010

West Michigan Film Industry Task Force Rally

The West Michigan Film Industry Task Force is planning a rally in Grand Rapids, Tuesday, October 19 at noon at Rosa Parks Circle to promote the success stories created thanks to the state’s film and production incentives.

Speakers include:

  • West Michigan Film Office – the impact of $35 million dollars spent in West Michigan
  • Chef Josef Van Horn, Caterer — created a crafts services business catering to film productions
  • Malinda Petersen — created MP Talent Agency and is finding actors work because of the incentives
  • Katie Miller, Director of Sales, Gateway Hotel, increase in room nights from film crews
  • Stasia Savage – IATSE 26 Business Manager, increase in jobs and retrained a work force
  • Teresa Thome, Fubble Productions, producer of Emmy winner “Come on Over,” Holland

The Michigan Film Incentives were passed in April 2008 by unanimous vote in the Michigan House and only one nay vote in the Senate. To date, the film incentives have brought into the state over one hundred film projects with over $300 million dollars spent in Michigan restaurants, retail, and other businesses; over 7,000 production jobs and 4,000 jobs for extras have been created. Just two years later, as many of those supportive legislators leave office, new candidates for Michigan’s legislature have challenged the film incentives as too expensive for the state to continue.

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Virg Benero & Rick Snyder: Where They Stand on Film Incentives

  • Virg Benero: He wants to give state subsidies more time before deciding whether to
    make any dramatic changes.
  • Rick Snyder: The incentives are not sustainable in the long run, but won’t pull the
    rug out from under those who have invested in Michigan’s film industry.

Express your opinion to Michigan’s two Governor candidates!

Unity Studios Relocates to Tech Town in Detroit, MI

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Lifton Moves to Tech Town in Detroit

Unity Studios is relocating to the City of Detroit, studio officials announced today. Initial plans to build sound stages and production offices in the City of Allen Park will move forward in Detroit. “We’re very excited to be moving to the City of Detroit and to be a part of Detroit’s emerging Creative Corridor,” said Jimmy Lifton, President of Unity Studios. “Having trained over 200 people, filmed 3 feature films, and put over 150 people to work on various projects, we are doing all we can to play a part in Detroit’s developing film industry.”

Unity’s corporate offices will be located at TechTown until final negotiations on a permanent site are completed. Two sites are being considered that will house Unity Studios’ sound stages, production offices and support businesses. Studio executives have been working closely with representatives of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation to secure a building and property in Detroit’s Creative Corridor.

Having successfully completed its last feature film “War Flowers” starring Christina Ricci and Tom Berenger, the studio plans to produce additional movies this winter and in the Spring of 2011.

Additionally, a film training partnership between The Lifton Institute for Media Skills and a Detroit-based workforce development organization is in final negotiations and could be announced within the next few weeks. “The Lifton Institute for Media Skills” will continue training Detroit area residents for meaningful careers in the film industry,” added Lifton.

WXYZ Reports on Unity Studios