UM, MSU, WSU Summer Film Institute Opens

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Gov. Jennifer Granholm says the state’s Big Three public universities are strengthening Michigan’s burgeoning movie industry by collaborating to train students in film making.

The 2010 Creative Film Alliance Summer Film Institute opened Wednesday and runs for eight weeks. It’s being held at the KBS Conference Center on Gull Lake in Kalamazoo County’s Ross Township, about 120 miles west of Detroit.

The program staff includes Hollywood professionals and university faculty. The students come from the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State universities.

Michigan’s film initiative includes large tax breaks for moviemakers and has resulted in a big influx of movie production.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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