Michigan Film Incentives 2 years old

April 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm by under Entertainment

Michigan film incentives turn two years old

 Since the measure became law on April 7, 2008… 89 movie or TV productions have been completed… the film incentive package provides up to 40% percent refundable or transferable tax credit for projects in Michigan, with an additional 2% available for projects in core communities.

The associated press reports that: the tax credit program is projected to cost the state nearly $69 million for projects completed in 2009, not counting incentives given for permanent infrastructure projects, according to the Michigan Film Office.    The potential annual bill is higher — more than $100 million — but some projects weren’t finished and won’t get the tax credits.   A few lawmakers would prefer to use part of the tax incentive cash to help fill in a state budget shortfall of at least $1.5 billion headed into the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Other detractors say the jobs created are just temporary.

Check out woodtv.com story for more on the incentives and the controversy

Production Facility opening in West Michigan

Hangar 42 Studios
Announced February 2010.  The nearly 500,000-square-foot full-service film production studio takes over the former Lear Plant at 2150 Alpine Ave NW in Walker.  Hangar42 Studios says it is Michigan’s first fully-financed major film studio to open utilizing the infrastructure credit as part of the Michigan Film Credit.  The studio expects to create 50-60 administrative positions and 750 – 1,000 additional jobs in its first three years of operation.  Expecting several projects in 2010. Crime drama “Gun” shot scenes at the facilties January 2010.

Highlights of movies filmed in West Michigan

Shot in the Holland area summer 2008 – one of the first movies to film in West Michigan after film incentives were passed.  Produced by Tic Tock Studios in Holland.  Starring: Haylie Duff, Sam Huntington, Sarah Drew, David Zellner, Maulik Pancholy, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Yeardley Smith, Zachary Knighton. 
Scheduled to premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California on April 29, 2010.

“High School”
Shot in Howell (mostly at now closed Parker High School campus) and Detroit summer 2008.  Starring Colin Hanks, Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, Michael Vartan, Sean Marquette, Matt Bush. 
Premiered January 24, 2010 at Sundance Film Festival in Utah, expecting a 2010 release.


“The Chaos (Steam) Experiment”
Shot in Grand Rapids area September 2008 – it was the first movie to film in Grand Rapids  after film incentives were passed.  Starring Val Kilmer, Armand Assante, Eric Roberts, Patrick Muldoon, Megan Brown, Eve Mauro, Quinn Duffy, Cordellia Reynolds. 
Grand Rapids premiere May 2009, released on DVD August 4, 2009 DVD release.   My review of “Chaos Experiment” (6.0/10)
Filmed on the campuses of Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for about three weeks in October/November 2008, other scenes were also filmed at various locations around Kalamazoo.  Starring Kyle Gallner, Laura Allen, Esai Morales.  
Premiered March 2010 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX.

“Caught in the Crossfire”
Shot in Grand Rapids area May/June 2009.  Written/Directed by Brian Miller (EGR and GVSU grad).  Starring:  Chris Klein, Adam Rodriguez, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Christine Lakin, Richard T. Jones, Michael Matthias. 
West Michigan debut scheduled for May 11, 2010.  Limited release in the works.

“The Genesis Code”
Filmed at Calvin College and other West Michigan locations August 2009.  Produced by local production company American Saga Productions.  Starring: Logan Bartholomew, Kelsey Sanders, Louise Fletcher, Ernest Borgnine, Fred Thompson, Rich Franklin, Lance Henriksen, Rance Howard, Catherine Hicks. 
Premiere/release delayed from February 2010, new release date not yet scheduled.

“What’s Wrong with Virginia” 
Filmed in October/November 2009 in Holland, Grand Haven, South Haven, and Zeeland.   Written/directed by Dustin Lance Black and produced locally by TicTock Studios of Holland.  Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Emma Roberts, Amy Madigan, Yeardley Smith.  
Expecting 2010 release.

Filmed in Grand Rapids area and Walker December 2009/January 2010.  Directed by Jessy Terrero.  Starring: Val Kilmer, John Larroquette, James Remar, AnnaLynn McCord. 
Expected to make its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival May 2010.


History: 2009 blog post about Michigan Film Incentives turning 1 year old

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2 Responses to “Michigan Film Incentives 2 years old”

  1. Faaui Hunkin says:

    This is wonderful news for Michigan and hope will be more movies making in our fall down State. Hope we can have our only Hollywood in our own backyard. We do have four seasons and beautiful water and sandy beaches..so what are we are waiting for. Action..action and actions. I do want to be a producer and writer but my dreams are not so completed with no money to put me in school. Im raising a teenager son and hope he can do well so he can have a better life here in his home state. Good luck Michigan and thanks for trying to get there.

  2. Julie Miller says:

    I would be happy to be an extra or help in any way with the movie… please contact me…. Julie Miller- 616-481-5589 I live in Grand Rapids. Thank You

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