By Terri Lee Sylvester

DETROIT (WWJ) – Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer that’ll last far beyond the holiday season? How about stuffing the stockings with two movies made right here in Michigan.

Film Producer Edgar Struble broke into the entertainment industry as a musician, and playing keyboards for country music superstar Kenny Rogers is what gave Struble his big break. After touring with Rogers for some 15 years, he was recruited to produce an independent feature film. That led to producing two Michigan-made features: “Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure” and “Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson,” both family-friendly.

“As parents, you don’t have to sit around and explain anything. There’s nothing in there to be offended about; there’s no language, there’s no gratuitous sex; it’s just healthy kids entertainment.”

And, both feature home-grown Michigan talent.

“The lead actor who plays Mickey Matson, his name is Derrick Brandon, and he’s from the Grand Rapids area,” Struble said. “There’s a wonderful actor that’s in it, and I think he’s from the Detroit area, Shane Carson. One of the people who plays a villain in the first movie, the Copperhead Treasure, he actually was the theater director here at the local community college.”

“Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson” also stars Christopher Lloyd and Tia Carrere. Both films were directed by Harold Cronk, who also directed the “God’s Not Dead” films. Speaking of Cronk, he’s preparing to release “God Bless the Broken Road” in 2017, another made-in-Michigan movie.

Edgar Struble (far left) poses with Christopher Lloyd (second from right). Photo, courtesy Edgar Struble

Edgar Struble (far left) poses with Christopher Lloyd (second from right). Photo, courtesy Edgar Struble

Struble says both movies are perfect for the 6 to 12-year-old set.

And, just how do shoppers purchase the movies? Struble says people can contact him directly or shop for them online.

“They can check my Facebook page out (Edgar Struble) … is the PayPal address … and I believe they (both movies) may still be available on Amazon.”

After a quick online search, I found that they are, indeed, currently available on Amazon.

Click here to visit Struble’s Facebook page.

Click here for the Amazon page.

See you at the movies!

Be sure to tune in to WWJ Newsradio 950 every Friday for my weekly look at the movies with Midday Anchor Jackie Paige.

Follow Terri on Twitter @TerriJLee

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