Christmas movie “Silver Bells” to film in West Michigan

March 8th, 2013 at 2:50 pm by under Entertainment

Salvation Army and 10 West Studios team up on holiday movie

10West Studios in Manistee, MI

Michigan Film Office announced that “Silver Bells” has been approved for a film incentive from the state.

A Christmas themed story, “Silver Bells” is a story of redemption and family traditions.  It is being produced in association with the Salvation Army and will film in Manistee, Grand Rapids and Ludington.  The movie will also film at 10 West Studios in Manistee.

The Salvation Army says that the movie will begin filming scenes Saturday, March 9th for a total of three days from March 9th-11th at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center on South Division and at the Community Center at Fuller & Fulton.

Actors and actresses from Los Angeles, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ludington and Manistee as well as the local Salvation Army Brass Band will be featured in the production.

The Fulton Heights Corps Community Center is located at 1235 Fulton Street East in Grand Rapids.

The Kroc Corps Community Center is located at 2500 Division Avenue South.

10West Studios has also produced “Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy” (2012), “Jerusalem Countdown” (2011), and “What If..” (2010).

“Silver Bells” was approved for an incentive of $177,655 on $591,213 of projected in-state spending.  The project expects to hire 50 Michigan workers.

According to the release: ‘This holiday story revolves around a hyper-competitive father and his journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas and hope.  The Salvation Army plays a pivotal role throughout the film as the family volunteers with the organization in various ways.”

Michigan filmmaker Harold Cronk is directing the project.  The film office says that Cronk plans to hire the graduates of the Film Crew Training Program at West Shore Community College for the project.

10 West Studios will also lead the post-production efforts on the project, keeping the entire project in Michigan.

The project is expected to air on the Gospel Music Channel after a limited theatrical release in November.

So far, in Fiscal Year 2013, ten projects have been awarded a total of $10.87 million.  These projects are expected to create 729 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 218 jobs.

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