LANSING — The Michigan Film Office announced Tuesday that the feature film Fractured has been approved for a film incentive from the state.

The film is a psychological thriller shooting in metro Detroit and directed by Michigan filmmaker Lance Kawas.

Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Home Fries) have signed on to play the leads in the project.

“We have a vibrant indigenous film community here in Michigan and this is terrific opportunity to support one of our talented Michigan filmmakers,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office.  “This project will have an all-Michigan crew making it a great fit for the film incentives.”

Kawas has written, directed and produced a number of films in Michigan including Restitution, Silent Scream filmed in northern Michigan and Street Boss, which won Best Feature Film at the 2009 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival.  Fractured follows the twists and turns of May and her relationship with her psychiatrist Dr. Jason Ballard as she struggles to remember the events of a fateful night.

The project was awarded an incentive of $31,613 on $109,141 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 45 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of one job.

To date in 2012, nine projects have been awarded a total of $16,278,966 on $55,494,595 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 895 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 239 jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. Film Review Committee, comprised of senior MEDC staff including the Michigan Film Commissioner, reviews all completed applications.

Using the statute to guide approval decisions, preference is given to projects that best meet the following criteria:
* The production is financially viable.
* Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, equipment rental, etc.).
* The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production.
* Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.
* Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan.

The MEDC markets the state with a focus on business, talent, jobs and helping to grow the economy. For more on MEDC and its initiatives, visit


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