This Model Works strives for GM

By Jasmin Rojo
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING- A new documentary, This Model Works, explores General Motors decision to leave Lansing and the city’s response that made the company stay. The project

This Model Works began as a project to show the importance of keeping GM in Lansing. Teaming up with MessageMakers, a video production company, the project was to be released as an e-book, but later changed to become a documentary.  After raising $190,000, the film was able to start production, and tell a story that has been in the works for years. “It took a number of years to convince GM to stay.

New film highlights worlds of Great Lakes ice

By MATTHEW HALL
Capital News Service
LANSING — The shaping of the Great Lakes’ geographic, economic and cultural history by ice is revealed in a documentary set to be finished in late April. Producers of “Project Ice” used high-definition cameras to capture spectacular scenes of ice on the lakes, as well as intimate portraits of residents’ connection to the wonders of winter, said William Kleinert, executive producer and director of the film. “Ice has been involved in so many aspects of the Great Lakes, right from its original creation from glaciation, on through the present and the development of its culture, economy, shipping, navigation and commerce,” Kleinert said. He began the project two years ago to document the historic car ferries on the Straits of Mackinac. But it evolved into something bigger and more illustrative of the entire Great Lakes region.