Northern Michigan Film & Media Group to Host Informational Discussion about Michigan's Growing Film Industry

Michigan Film Discussion Planned for November 5 in Charlevoix

(NORTHERN MICHIGAN | October 27, 2008) – Film producers from all over the United States are looking to Michigan as a prime venue for their upcoming projects, thanks to 40% tax incentives introduced back in April. Securing the projects is just half the battle, however. The success or failure of this program lies within the communities of Michigan who must be able to provide goods and services, with an unparalleled level of expertise, teamwork and communication.

On Wednesday, November 5, a group of concerned individuals with ties to the film industry – known collectively as the Northern Michigan Film & Media Group – is hosting an informational discussion geared toward chambers of commerce, visitor bureaus, economic development organizations, businesses and individuals interested in learning more about the incentives and the potential it provides for Michigan. The session will be held at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix. A social hour for networking will start at 5pm, with a formal round-table discussion and Q&A session starting at 7pm.

Dianna Stampfler, President of Promote Michigan and a Board member of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance, will be the moderator for the evening’s discussion.

“Since the incentives were introduced, everyone is trying to capture a piece of the action and become an expert in the industry,” said Stampfler. “It’s important that Michigan’s businesses, organizations and communities work together to make this industry a viable part of our state’s future economic foundation. I invite anyone who is passionate about Michigan’s future and our growing film industry to attend this session to learn more.”

Some California industry executives have been invited to participate in the session, including George Colburn, a historian and filmmaker, with offices in Petoskey, New Mexico and Washington DC, who will be a featured panelist for the evening.

“It is critical that Northern Michigan start immediately to establish itself by organizing collaborative coalitions of communities, businesses and individuals to showcase their inventory of assets,” Colburn said. “By working together, northern Michigan can soon earn a preferential position with the film industry, and everyone involved can profit from the designation.”

As additional incentives for attendees, Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant will be offering a dining special for those arriving prior to 7pm; special rates are being offered at the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites ($39 for a standard room or $59 for a Lake Michigan Suites). For room reservations and special rates, call (231) 547-9955 and mention that you’re a film industry attendee.

For additional information about the November 5 event, contact (231) 535-2227.

Joe Breidenstein, BIG Marketing Director
(231) 535-2227 /
Dan A. Penning

Farmington Hills and Suttons Bay, Michigan