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“This Must Be The Place” Sean Penn to Film in Bad Axe, Michigan

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Bad Axe, MI Hits the Silver Screen!

“This Must Be The Place” is Michigan’s next feature film and is scheduled to start filming Sept 8th – 15th around Bad Axe, MI.  Once finished, they will be moving to Detroit for 3 more weeks of shooting.  The film stars Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Harry Dean Stanton.

“This Must Be The Place” Plot Summary:

Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father’s persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late. Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father’s humiliation in Auschwitz at the hands of former SS Officer Aloise Muller – an event he is determined to avenge. So begins a life-altering journey across the heartland of America to track down and confront his father’s nemesis. As his quest unfolds, Cheyenne is reawakened by the people he encounters and his journey is transformed into one of reconciliation and self discovery. As his date with destiny arrives and he tracks down Muller, Cheyenne must finally decide if it is redemption he seeks ….or revenge. Starring two time Academy Award winner Sean Penn and marking the much-anticipated English-language debut of acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino, “THIS MUST BE THE PLACE” is a gripping examination of a man on the precipice of obsession.

Extras Casting:

Casting call for talent and extras TBA.

2nd Annual Grand Rapids Film Festival 2010

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Celebration Cinema North – August 25th – 29th, 2010

2010 Grand Rapids Film Festival, August 25 - 29th

The 2010 Grand Rapids Film Festival is quickly approaching. The 2nd annual film festival will be hosted by Celebration! Cinema North and take place August 25th – 29th in Grand Rapids, MI.


Tickets for the Grand Rapids Film Festival are available at the Celebration! Cinema North theatre box office or may be purchased by phone by calling (616)365-2051.

2010 Feature Film List

  • “Earthwork” – Earthwork is the true story of real life crop artist Stan Herd who plants his unique, rural art form in New York City with the help of a group of homeless characters on a plot of land owned by Donald Trump.
  • “Rust” -A Pastor who is in a mid life crisis of faith returns to his hometown to heal, only to discover that they too are suffering their own tragedy. Each will need the other and a common faith to move forward.
  • “Homeless For The Holidays” – A smug executive loses his job, and has to work at a burger joint in order to make ends meet. However, he soon discovers that ends are not being met, and if something doesn’t change soon, his family will lose everything by Christmas.
  • “Annabelle & Bear” – Annabelle & Bear is the dramatic, tender story of a man who finds himself suddenly thrust into fatherhood, and the unexpected journey that leads him to discover the life-altering love found in the heart of his little girl.
  • “A Christmas Snow” – The storm of the century, brings the gift of a lifetime.
  • “Genesis Code” – A college hockey player and a female journalism student struggle to find common ground with their spiritual faith and scientific studies.
  • “What If…” – 15 years ago, Ben Walker left his girlfriend and his ministry calling for a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying career and a trophy fiancé, he is visited by an angel, who gives him a glimpse into what his life would look like had he followed his calling.
  • “The Trial” – After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent “Mac” McClain… until he’s assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him forever.
  • “The Whisper Home” – The Whisper Home is a modern-day Prodigal Son story. Three years after Dave Patterson left home with his father’s money, he returns penniless to a forgiving family who are ready to welcome him back, except for his older brother.


Celebration Cinema North
2121 Celebration Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

For more information, visit

Michigan Film Festival 2010 – 10 Minute Film Competition in Grand Rapids

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Accepting Submissions for the MFF Competition

Michigan Film Festival

The Michigan Film Festival is accepting submissions for new work produced specifically for this festival in the MFF Competition. Submissions will be judged on overall effectiveness and the filmmaking skills exhibited.

The deadline is Oct. 2 with drop-off locations available at GRAM and UICA, two of the host venues. The winners will be announced at the 2nd annual Michigan Film Festival, to be held Nov. 12-14 in downtown Grand Rapids.


In the general/college student category, prizes of $1,000 and $500 will be awarded, with the possibility of added prizes.  Younger students have the opportunity to win $200 and other prizes.

Entry Fee:

Entry fees are $40 per film submission for adults/college students and $20 for those still in high school or younger.

About the Michigan Film Festival

The mission of the Michigan Film Festival is to promote the Michigan perspective in film along with the Michigan filmmaking community by sustaining an event that includes educational workshops, panel discussions and lectures; exhibition venues displaying recently crafted Michigan-made works; and partnerships between local entities involved in supporting the Michigan film industry.

Venue Locations:

The Michigan Film Festival (MFF) will be held in downtown Grand Rapids, hosted at the partner locations of Grand Rapids Art Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Urban Institute for Contemporary
41 Sheldon Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-7000

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Ctr NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-7000

How to Submit a Film:

For more information or to submit a film visit

“Trust” Movie Trailer for David Schwimmer’s Michigan Film

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

“TRUST” Official Trailer

The feature film “Trust” has released their official trailer. The film was shot in Michigan in the Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Dexter areas and was directed by David Schwimmer. “Trust” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

49th Ann Arbor Film Festival Call for Entries

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Submit a Film for the 2011 Festival

49th Ann Arbor Film Festival

The early film submission deadline is approaching. In order to receive the discounted entry price all films must arrive no later than August 16th, 2010.

About the Festival

The 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. We seek new independent works that explore boundaries, challenge audiences, experiment with style and technique or inspire with creativity. We consider all genres, lengths, styles and formats, including 16mm, 35mm, super-8mm, video and HD video.

The 49th AAFF will provide at least $18,000 in cash awards to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomimation in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

The 49th Festival will take place March 22 – 27, 2011 in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

Festival Deadlines and Fees:

Early Deadline – August 16th, 2010 (Must arrive in office by August 23rd, 2010)
$30 Shorts / $40 Features

Standard Deadline – October 4, 2010 (Must arrive in office by October 11, 2010)
$40 Shorts / $50 Features

Late Deadline – November 4, 2010 (Must arrive in office by November 11, 2010)
$50 Shorts / $60 Features

For complete details or to submit a film visit

“Stone” Movie Trailer – Filmed in Michigan

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton & Milla Jovovich

“Stone” is a prison thriller that will be releasing in theaters October 8th, 2010. “Stone” stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton & Milla Jovovich and was filmed in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

Raleigh Michigan Studio Groundbreaking in Pontiac, MI

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Pontiac Gets a Movie Studio!

It’s a great day for Michigan’s film industry. Raleigh Michigan Studios is holding a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of the new Pontiac $80 million full-service studio. The studio is expected to be completed by early 2011 and bring 3,000 jobs over the next few years. With a studio of this caliber opening, this could be exactly what Michigan needs to take our state’s film and tv markets to the next level.

Check out WXYZ’s video coverage on the movie studio groundbreaking below:

6th Annual Traverse City Film Festival (July 27 – August 1, 2010)

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The 2010 TCFF Returns!

6th Annual Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore has brought the Traverse City Film Festival back for the sixth straight year.  The Fesitval will be held July 27 through August 1, 2010.

The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable and educational non-profit organization that holds an annual event in one of the most beautiful areas of the country — Traverse City, Michigan. The festival is committed to showing “Just Great Movies” and helping to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit:

“Touchback” Casting Food Vendor, Football Announcer & 1974 Chevy

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Casting for “Touchback” Feature Film

The feature film “Touchback is looking for some assistance in finding a 1974 chevy Cheyenne that the main body is medium blue with a white roof. This truck needs to look 75-100% appealing.

Any thoughts, contacts or emails of folks that might have one would be appreciated.

Touchback Food Vendor:

Also, Touchback is looking for a food vendor who can provide food and drinks to a large crowd attending a football game as part of their shoot schedule. They are offering film credits and perhaps some on screen time.

Football Announcer Role:

Lastly, they are looking for a local football color announcer who understands football and can be part of this local movie being filmed in West Michigan.


If you are interested in applying for the football announcer or food vendor please email

“War Flowers” Starring Christina Ricci to Film in Michigan

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Unity Studios First Feature Film “War Flowers”

Unity Studios Michigan Casting

Unity Studios has begun production of “War Flowers,” its first feature length film. The Civil War-era family drama, produced and financed by Unity and directed by veteran filmmaker Serge Rodnunsky is being filmed on the studios’ sound stages and at select off-site locations around southeast Michigan. “War Flowers” all-star cast was partially packaged by ICM and includes Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Penelope), Jason Gedrick (Backdraft), Tom Berenger (Platoon, Major League) and introducing Gabrielle Popa.

“War Flowers,” features a heartfelt family-focused storyline about Sarabeth (Ricci), a young mother whose husband has left her and her daughter to fight for the South in the Civil War. It follows the havoc and hardships the war creates for Sarabeth and her daughter, and explores their hopes, faith and belief that the man they love will return. All the while, they must decide the fate of a Yankee soldier (Gedrick) who enters their life. The movie also features impressive battle sequences and Civil War re-enactments.