LANSING — As the summer tourism season gets underway across the state, the Michigan Film Office has released a West Michigan Film Locations map featuring locations all along the Lake Michigan shoreline that can be seen on the silver screen.
The map features film locations in Grand Rapids, Coopersville, Traverse City, Manistee, Ludington, South Haven, Holland, Kalamazoo, Niles and Buchanan.
“These communities boast natural beauty, exciting culture and unique personalities, offering the perfect canvas for the broad range of film projects featured in the map,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “Each of these local tours is an opportunity to experience these destinations in a new light.”
The maps are available at tourism organizations across the west side of the state, including the West Michigan Tourist Association, Experience Grand Rapids, Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Manistee County Visitors Bureau, Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Holland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan Convention & Visitors Bureau, South Haven/Van Buren Co. Convention & Visitors Bureau, Four Flags Area Council on Tourism, and Discover Kalamazoo.
Electronic copies of the map are also available on the Film Office website, http://www.michigan.org and the Michigan Advantage website.
Locations featured in the map include Vito’s Pizza (30 Minutes or Less) and MadCap Coffee (The Setup) in Grand Rapids, Bowers Harbor Yacht Club (Hide Away) in Traverse City, the Ramsdell Inn (Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy) in Manistee, Historic White Pine Village (Mickey Matson) in Ludington, Windmill Island Park (The Oogieloves: Big Balloon Adventure, Return to the Hiding Place) in Holland, Oval Beach (Virginia) in Saugatuck and Bell’s Brewery (The Lake Effect) in Kalamazoo.
“Collaborations, such as this one between film and tourism, provide visitors and residents alike with new ways to explore communities across Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This map offers one more way to tell the story about Michigan and its unique destinations, creative spirit and natural beauty.”
The Film Office previously released a Detroit Film Locations Tour Map and an Ann Arbor Film Locations Tour Map.
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. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.