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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Film industry town hall meeting scheduled Feb. 24th, discussing incentive program preservation

A 16 mm spring-wound Bolex "H16" Ref...                                    Image via WikipediaMichigan's Film Industry will have a town hall meeting, February 24st at 7:30 PM at Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft Road in Livonia. The purpose of the event is to find ways to "most effectively communicate to Michigan's legislators, governor and voting public why the film incentive program should be preserved."

Featured speakers include:

• Mitch Albom, Free Press Columnist/author

Jeff Daniels, actor/filmmaker

Mike Binder, filmmaker and Michigan native

• Vicki Barnett, Mich. State Representative, 37th District

• Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer, and former state representative.

• Philippe Martinez, Maxsar Studios CEO

• Emery King and Jim Burnstein, Chair and Vice-Chair, Michigan Film Office Advisory Council

• Chris Baum, Film Detroit/Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

• Nathaniel McClure, CEO Scientifically Proven Entertainment

• Mark Adler, Michigan Production Alliance

• Selected working college graduates and under graduates

• Ken Droz, consultant and former MFO communications manager

The event is open to the general public. Within Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed state fiscal budget, he has proposed cutting Michigan Film Incentive Credit, put in place by former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) to $25 million from $50 million dollars.

Within the three years the incentive has been in place, the film industry has produced up to 3000 unionized and non-union employment opportunities. Soon-to-be completed Raleigh Studios in Livonia, Michigan, was expected to create up to an additional 3000 jobs.

Golden Globe Award nominated actor and hometown hero Jeff Daniels cited candidate Snyder told him one thing before the election, then after becoming Governor, proposed another.
"The sound you hear today is of people packing and leaving the state," Daniels said by phone, describing the potential impact of Snyder's budget proposal, which would eliminate the film tax credit as we now know it, to the Detroit Free Press.
Daniels said Snyder told him privately that he didn't want to eliminate the incentives and discussed reductions in the current rate, which is up to 42%, and asked him what effect reductions would have.
"It's really disheartening," Daniels said of Snyder's budget plan. "It's not what he told me privately, so to be honest, I guess he's a politician after all. Say one thing, do another."
In addition, a satellite meeting on the Western end of the state, will began at 7:30PM at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences at Grand Valley State University 301 Michigan Street N.E. in Grand Rapids. Attendees at the Grand Rapids meeting will be able watch streaming video of Livonia’s event.

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