Michigan would become a preferred site for the film industry almost overnight if state government provided bigger financial incentives and other assistance to the people who make movies, according to testimony today from author and Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and Michigan native and filmmake
Arts & Culture
Having recently enjoyed dinner together, perhaps Gov. Jennifer Granholm, state House Speaker Andy Dillon and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop could next take in a movie.
By now, some of you know that tonight, a movie of my book "For One More Day," produced by Oprah Winfrey, will air on ABC. People this past week have been saying congratulations. And this is indeed a lucky, wonderful feeling. But I have one regret.
I wish it had been made in Michigan.
Michigan could start attracting millions more in investment dollars from film companies "tomorrow" if it upped the ante on its incentive package by allowing moviemakers to write off 40 percent of their production costs, film producers and writers told the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday.
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From payless paydays to showless show nights, the moratorium on state grants may hit the arts especially hard.