film industry http://michiganradio.org en Bryan Cranston, Naomi Watts to star in 'Holland, Michigan' http://michiganradio.org/post/bryan-cranston-naomi-watts-star-holland-michigan <p>Attention “Breaking Bad” fans (read: almost everyone): Bryan Cranston’s latest role has a Michigan twist.&nbsp;</p><p>Cranston, the 57-year-old star of “Breaking Bad” and of course, “Malcolm in the Middle,” signed on for the lead role in the new movie, “Holland, Michigan.”</p><p>Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris is expected to direct the film, a thriller centered on a family from – you guessed it – Holland.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:01:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16661 at http://michiganradio.org Bryan Cranston, Naomi Watts to star in 'Holland, Michigan' Superman-Batman movie coming to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/superman-batman-movie-coming-michigan <p>The "Caped&nbsp;Crusader" and the "Man of Steel" are getting a handout from Michigan.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130829/ENT01/308290057/batman-superman-affleck-detroit-michigan">Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press reports&nbsp;</a>Warner Brothers will get millions in tax incentives to shoot the movie in the state.</p><blockquote><p>The upcoming Superman-Batman movie has been approved for the state’s film incentives, the Michigan Film Office announced today.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:28:04 +0000 Mark Brush 14188 at http://michiganradio.org Superman-Batman movie coming to Michigan Cinetopia Film Festival will bring world class films to Detroit and Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/cinetopia-film-festival-will-bring-world-class-films-detroit-and-ann-arbor <p>People in Ann Arbor and Detroit are excitedly preparing for the second annual <a href="http://www.cinetopiafestival.org/">Cinetopia International Film Festival</a>, taking place this coming weekend.</p><p>The festival debuted in Ann Arbor last year. After a successful trial run, it's back this year and it's larger than before. Films will be screened at venues in Ann Arbor and at the Detroit Film Theatre&nbsp;at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OqGc0YNauAE" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:11:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12870 at http://michiganradio.org Making one film with 40 directors in 23 countries http://michiganradio.org/post/making-one-film-40-directors-23-countries <p>When you think of filmmaking, chances are pretty good that you think of a producer, a director and a cast chosen by that director.<br><br>But there are a couple of filmmakers in Detroit who are blowing up that traditional model of making films, and in its place have come up with something completely different.</p><p>How about 40 directors for one film? And they're spread across 23 countries on five continents?<br><br>Marty Shea is one of the Detroit-based filmmakers doing this "collaborative" movie under the name of "CollabFeature."</p><p>He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:42:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 12500 at http://michiganradio.org Making one film with 40 directors in 23 countries Michigan's film incentives are on the chopping block http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-film-incentives-are-chopping-block <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Republican-led state House is looking to do away with tax incentives that lure moviemakers to Michigan so the money instead goes toward road maintenance.</p><p>The House on Tuesday stripped $25 million in tax credits it planned to set aside for the film industry.</p><p>The funding would go to the state and local governments for road repairs.</p><p>The House also cut $25 million from an economic-development fund and allocated it for roads.</p><p>The full House is expected to vote on its budget Wednesday, setting the stage for negotiations with the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder next month.</p><p>So far the GOP-controlled Senate and governor are looking to designate at least $25 million in incentives for Hollywood - half the amount in the current budget. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:30:53 +0000 The Associated Press 12270 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's film incentives are on the chopping block Stateside: What film tax credit cuts mean for Michigan filmmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-what-film-tax-credit-cuts-mean-michigan-filmmakers <p><em>The following is asummary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.</em></p><p>Governor Snyder's proposal to cut the state's film tax credits from $50 million to $25 million has left the Michigan filmmaking community wondering if they can keep their heads above water.</p><p>The divisive proposal has some lawmakers pledging to fight to maintain the state's current tax credits while others stand by the Governor's and say the incentive takes money away from "must-have" programs such as public safety and education.</p><p>Michael Zervos of Northville, a Michigan filmmaker, is the head of Mother and Midwife Pictures,&nbsp; and is currently in pre-production for his film "Papou," which employs Michigan actors and will be filmed in Michigan.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Zervos about his concerns with Governor Snyder's proposal.</p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em></a></li></ul><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:13:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 11371 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: What film tax credit cuts mean for Michigan filmmakers Stateside for Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-february-20th-2013 <p></p><p>Today on Stateside, Michiganders, you have spoken.</p><p>A new report is out today about how you think we can move the economy forward.</p><p>We'll find out more on today's show, and we'll speak to a former University President who says universities themselves might be contributing to some of the economic crunch they're facing.<br><br>But in the first part of our show, we turn to the question of just how much support the state of Michigan should give to the film industry and filmmakers.<br><br>Governor Snyder's recent budget proposal contained $25 million in tax credits for film makers. That's a 50 percent cut from the present&nbsp; film credit cap of $50 million, and some lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a fellow Republican, say that is one bad plan that he says will drive the film industry out of Michigan. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:13:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 11341 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Stateside: Supporting the film industry in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-supporting-film-industry-michigan <p>How much support should the state of Michigan give to the film industry and filmmakers?<br><br>Governor Snyder's recent budget proposal contained $25-million in tax credits for film makers.</p><p>That's a 50 percent cut from the present&nbsp; film credit cap of $50 million.</p><p>Some lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a fellow Republican, say that is one bad plan.</p><p>He says it will drive the film industry out of Michigan.</p><p>Take a listen to our interview with the Director of the Michigan Film Office, Margaret O'Riley, above. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:30:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 11342 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Supporting the film industry in Michigan State Senate leader looks to expand Michigan's film tax credits http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-leader-looks-expand-michigans-film-tax-credits <p>The state Senate’s top Republican says he’ll once again try to ward off big cuts to Michigan’s film industry credits.</p><p></p><p>For the second year in a row, Governor Rick Snyder is proposing a budget that would cap the state’s film incentives at $25 million for the year.</p><p></p><p>And for the second year in a row, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he’ll fight to give the industry at least twice that.</p><p></p><p>“To that particular industry and to the mostly blue collar workers that benefit from that in Michigan, it would be devastating to them,” says Richardville.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:23:26 +0000 Jake Neher 11286 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's film industry reels at Snyder's budget proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-film-industry-reels-snyders-budget-proposal <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan film producers and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville say they will lobby to maintain the state's $50 million film credits cap.<br><br>Gov. Snyder is calling for a $25 million dollar cap in film incentives in the budget he has proposed. The amount is the same he proposed last year, but lawmakers raised the cap to $50 million during budget negotiations.<br> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:20:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11273 at http://michiganradio.org Arab museum holds 8th annual film fest http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-museum-holds-8th-annual-film-fest <p>An annual festival of movies from the Middle East is screening films rarely seen in the United States.</p><p>The Arab American National Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is hosting <a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/arabfilmfest_2013">the 2013 </a><a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/arabfilmfest_2013">festiva</a>l that runs from Jan 24-26.</p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 20:58:02 +0000 Associated Press & Associated Press 10635 at http://michiganradio.org Arab museum holds 8th annual film fest Stateside: Detroit firefighters documented in "BURN" http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-detroit-firefighters-documented-burn <p>Firefighter Walter Harris was killed in 2008 while attempting to put out a blazing abandoned building.</p><p>The headlines surrounding Harris’s death caught the attention of Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez.</p><p>Both filmmakers agreed a story deserved to be told about Harris and other Detroit firefighters. &nbsp;</p><p>“Tom and I knew there was a story here that hadn’t been told about firefighters,” said Sanchez.</p><p>The story manifested into the new film,<a href="http://detroitfirefilm.org/"> "BURN.</a>"</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:35:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10248 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Detroit firefighters documented in "BURN" Stateside: A State with Coming Days of Fame http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-state-coming-days-fame <p>Michigan’s days of filling films’ frames are far from over. Carrie Jones, executive director of the Michigan Film Office, foresees a steady increase in the state’s film production.</p><p>Cyndy spoke with Jones in what was a continuation of Stateside’s look at Michigan’s film industry.</p><p>Once the top film incentive program in the country, Michigan now ranks within the top 10.</p><p>With a budget increase to $58 million for the 2013 fiscal year, Michigan expects to enjoy an increase in film production.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:12:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 9537 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: A State with Coming Days of Fame Stateside: Clearing the tumbleweeds out of Michigan's film studios http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-clearing-tumbleweeds-out-michigans-film-studios <p>Not long ago stars like Mila Kunis, Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman were spotted in Michigan. For a brief moment the streets of Ann Arbor resembled those of New York or Los Angeles.</p><p>That was when Michigan offered the nation’s best subsidies for film and television production.</p><p>But to Governor Rick Snyder, these generous production tax incentives were not viable for our struggling state.</p><p>The incentives program was given a $25-milion dollar cap for the 2012 fiscal year.</p><p>Michigan’s tidal wave of film and TV production has slowed to a trickle.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:15:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 9526 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Clearing the tumbleweeds out of Michigan's film studios Stateside: Film festival shines spotlight on Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-festival-shines-spotlight-detroit <p>People are making a lot of movies about Detroit these days. More than 60 of those films will be screened this weekend at an outdoor film festival in Detroit's Perrien Park.</p><p>Organizers hope to spark conversation about how Detroit is seen by Michiganders, and the rest of the world.&nbsp;</p><p>25 hours, 15 minutes and 45 seconds of film, documentaries and music videos - all about Detroit.</p><p>“It’s kind of wild how many [films] have been made in the last 3 or 4 years...I wasn’t aware it was on this scale,” said filmmaker Nicole Macdonald.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:08:54 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 9177 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Film festival shines spotlight on Detroit Commentary: Film Tax Credits http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-film-tax-credits <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Well, we are heading into the holiday weekend, and if the weather holds up, many of us will be barbecuing or going out on the water. But some of us will be going to the movies.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">And your odds of seeing a major motion picture made in Michigan are a lot smaller than they were a few years ago.</font></font></font></font></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 14:55:44 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7619 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Film Tax Credits Michigan Theater to host new, international film fest http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-theater-host-new-international-film-fest <p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-film-fest-celebrates-50th-anniversary">Ann Arbor Film Festival wrapped up</a> less than a month ago&hellip;they&rsquo;ve barely packed up their film reels. &nbsp;And already the Michigan Theater is prepping for yet another festival to open next month called Cinetopia.</p><p>This new, international festival will feature more traditional narrative film and documentaries, rather than the experimental films that dominate the Ann Arbor Film Fest.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:39:15 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7056 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Theater to host new, international film fest Artpod: Film and fashion in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-film-and-fashion-michigan <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Lots of news packed into this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/artpod">Artpod</a>!</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">We learn about Michigan&#39;s burgeoning garment industry, and we get an update on how one of the state&#39;s biggest movie studios is doing (hint: not too well.) </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Plus, we talk with the director of the new documentary, After the Factory.</span></p><p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_020212.mp3 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:33:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6069 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Film and fashion in Michigan Michigan movie studio defaults on bond payment, state pension funds to cover costs http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-movie-studio-defaults-bond-payment-state-pension-funds-cover-costs <p>A Michigan movie studio that opened just ten months ago is in default on an $18 million state-issued bond.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.raleighstudios.com/">Raleigh &nbsp;Studios</a> made a big splash when it opened in Pontiac last March, with its seven sound stages and state of the art facilities. But now the movie studio can no longer meet its debt obligations, and will not make a $420,000 payment due Feb. 1.</p><p>&quot;The movie studio is in default of that payment,&quot; explains Terry Stanton, communications director for the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury">Michigan Department of Treasury</a>. &quot;But the bonds will not be in default, since the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ors">State of Michigan Retirement Systems </a>is obligated to make those payments.&quot;</p><p>The money will come out of the retirement funds of public school and state employees, police and judges.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 02:13:35 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6034 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan movie studio defaults on bond payment, state pension funds to cover costs Dimming the lights? People in Michigan's film industry worry they'll find less work in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/dimming-lights-people-michigans-film-industry-worry-theyll-find-less-work-2012 <p>The state of Michigan starts 2012 with a new incentive for film and television&nbsp;productions. But people in the industry in Michigan fear the new incentive will not attract the&nbsp;volume of business they need to stay employed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mark Adler is the director of the Michigan Production Alliance. He said many film people have already left the state of Michigan to find work.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The people that are players&hellip;that are keys&hellip;that we need&hellip;here in Michigan&hellip;were grown here&hellip;have sought work elsewhere,&quot; said Adler.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5594 at http://michiganradio.org Dimming the lights? People in Michigan's film industry worry they'll find less work in 2012