“We all have real jobs now and do the ‘grown-up’ thing, but this is my way to break free from that – we just love music.” You may remember the name Scott Allen from the band Thunderbirds Are Now! – the Metro Detroit band that made a name for themselves in the early 2000s, signing with French Kiss Records and touring throughout Europe, America, and parts of Australia at a very young age.
Local filmmakers! Would you like the chance to have your film showcased up against five celebrity-directed films? You should think about joining the Project Imaginat10n Film Festival contest then. Project Imaginat10n is calling on local filmmakers of all skill levels to direct a short film inspired from one of ten themes of photographs.
The 48 Hour Film Project is here in Detroit this weekend, and with the competition only a few days away, we sat down with an experienced professional in weekend film challenges. Shane Sevo is a local Detroit film producer and he truly loves the weekend film challenge format. He’s competed for 10 consecutive years in the National Weekend Film Challenge, which has a very similar set of rules to the 48 Hour Film Project, and has won multiple awards over the years.
Michigan might not have the infamous Hollywood sign, but we have had some impressive Hollywood movies filmed here…and with good reason, too. Firstly, there is Detroit, with a gritty, industrial vibe, Gothic-looking churches, a crystal-clear view of Canada over the river, The Detroit People Mover, and a unique skyline backdrop. Michigan also boasts the history-rich college town of Ann Arbor, white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan along the west side of the state, and a little island right at the tip of the mitten that we like to call Mackinac. With that remarkable list of locations, it’s no wonder why more and more movies are being filmed here.
So you missed the Sundance Film Festival in Utah or the Cannes are just too far away? Don’t fret, Cinetopia International Film Festival has got you covered! Cinetopia International Film Festival, created by the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor brings the world-class presentations of indie films to our very own backyard.
It’s almost a decade in the making. It captures the heart, the grit, the passion, and the talent – that fills Detroit. As we all know, Detroit has long been recognized as one of the pillars in the “rock and roll” movement and It Came From Detroit proves that the city’s legendary musical influences are still alive and beating today.
We recently sat down with Marc Zakalik, a Farmington Hills native and 2008 Screen Arts & Cultures graduate of the University of Michigan. Since graduating, Marc has kept busy working on productions both in and out of Michigan (with many of them right here in the Detroit area), with an impressive resume of feature films.
Elliot Gray Van Orman is a Rochester, Michigan native who studied film at Columbia College in Chicago. He currently resides in Detroit, and in addition to some commercial work, he shoots and edits videos featuring the city of Detroit.
The Michigan Film Office announced today the feature film ‘Parts Per Billion’ has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film tells the interwoven stories of three couples forced to make life altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war. The project will shoot in metro Detroit this December.
The Michigan Film Office announced two Michigan films, Landlord and Papou, have been approved for film incentives from the state.