LANSING (WWJ) – Another feature film has been approved for a film incentive from the state.

“Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy,” the family-friendly action adventure set in Northern Michigan, follows a young boy on a quest to save his family home using clues from the past. It will be shot at 10 West Studios in Manistee, as well as on location in Manistee and Ludington.

Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office, said the producers of this film, who are native Michiganders, made highlighting the state a priority throughout the project, making it a great fit for Michigan on a number of levels.

“Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy” was awarded an incentive of $162,128 on $388,400 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 46 Michigan workers with a full-time equivalent of 2 jobs.

The film’s writer and director Harold Cronk said he believes strongly in the state’s film industry and working to build the industry and promote economic growth.

In 2011, 17 projects have been approved with $23,362,153 in incentives being awarded on $56,162,077 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,749 Michigan hires with a full-time equivalent of 372 jobs.

The current statute is used to guide approval decisions. Preference is given to projects that best meet the following criteria:

  1. The production is financially viable.
  2. Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, film labs, etc.).
  3. The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production.
  4. Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.
  5. Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.

Since the incentives took effect in April 2008, the Film Office and the Department of Treasury have approved a total of $384,427,967 in film incentives on $977,535,181 in total qualified expenditures by productions in Michigan. This represents 222 projects that have been approved to date, including 153 projects that have actually wrapped in the state.

To learn more about “Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy,” click here.

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