Two Film Projects Approved for Incentives; Filming in GR, Northern Michigan

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LANSING — The Michigan Film Office announced that two feature film projects have been approved for film incentives from the state. 

“A Matter of Faith” will film over the next month in Grand Rapids and “Dogman 2: Wrath of the Litter” will film in Benzie County this fall.

“These projects tap into the crew and creative talent we have throughout our state while highlighting many of the unique locations found in Grand Rapids and northern Michigan,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office.

“A Matter of Faith” examines the subject of creation versus evolution through the story of a college student, her father and her professor.  The project expects to shoot at Cornerstone University and Aquinas College as well as other locations in the Grand Rapids area.

The project was awarded an incentive of $105,644 on $376,765 of projected in-state expenditures and is expected to hire 29 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 2 jobs.

“Dogman 2: Wrath of the Litter” is the sequel to 2012’s “Dogman.” produced by Traverse City-based Brauer Productions. 

The Dogman legend has been a classic Michigan campfire story for generations and has been perpetuated over the years in various ways – including a song, “The Legend” released in 1987 and the 2007 novel, Year of the Dogman.  The sequel will feature returning cast members, including Larry Joe Campbell and Mariann Mayberry.

The project was awarded an incentive of $123,209 on $410,750 of projected in-state expenditures and is expected to hire 39 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of four jobs.

In fiscal year 2013, 21 projects have been awarded a total of $33,307,056 on $128,354,272 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,444 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 605 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.

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 www.MichiganFilmOffice.org.

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