Michigan filmmakers have their work cut out for them. Millions of dollars in annual state tax incentives are a certain target for cuts. And now, there's a move afoot in the Legislature to shut down the Michigan Film Office altogether.
Critics worry that the film and television industries are going to pass right by Michigan in favor of states with more generous incentives.
But filmmakers like Lance Kawas are still finding ways to make movies even while being based in Michigan.
Kawas is from Farmington Hills in Oakland County. He's an award-winning director, writer, producer and an actor.
In the interview above, Kawas talks about his film career and why he chooses to stay in Michigan.