Journalism at Michigan State University

The Traverse City Film Festival: increased popularity and great opportunity for volunteers and interns

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City held the 13th consecutive Traverse City Film Festival July 25-30. The annual Northern Michigan festival, which began in 2005, had around 120,000 attendees this year. Meg Weichman, creative director at TCFF, says, “With the addition of new venues, as well as word getting out about what a great festival we have, we have seen both community and regional support, as well as national interest increase.”

Weichman says, “The TCFF is something Traverse City is very proud of. It is a true example of our community coming together to create something magical and special for our area, not only in terms of economic impact, but cultural and social as well.

Filmmaker sets coming of age story in Upper Peninsula

Capital News Service
LANSING — An epic bike trip around Lake Superior inspired a new film that stars the Upper Peninsula. “Superior” is a coming-of-age story:

At the height of the Vietnam War, two boys experience their last summer together before adulthood. One is headed to a university. The other fears the fate of the draft. They bike 1,300 miles around Lake Superior, meeting a slew of interesting characters.

Higher incentives boost film projects

Capital News Service
LANSING — Because tax incentives for film production recently doubled, Margaret O’Riley of Fenton, new head of the Michigan Film Office, said efforts to promote films and digital projects in the state will be unceasing. The state-funded program reimburses part of the cost of film and digital media projects produced in Michigan. Last year, incentives were cut dramatically from $115 million in 2010 to $25 million. But this year, the office can offer $58 million incentives, which include $50 million for the new fiscal year, plus an additional $8 million rolled over from 2011. “It would be a game changer for Michigan’s film industry,” said Rick Hert, film commissioner at the West Michigan Film Office in Grand Rapids.

Revamped film incentives could boost Michigan economy

Capital News Service
LANSING- Supporters of a proposed bill say the Michigan economy could see a much needed boost if lawmakers pass incentives designed to rekindle Michigan’s film industry. The film incentive provides funds for production, personnel and crew costs on films shot in Michigan. Film productions can also receive funds for hiring Michigan workers and crews. Legislation has passed through the Senate and now sits in the House. Ari Adler, spokesman for Speaker of the House, Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said, “The speaker is willing to move this bill.