Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Doors of Opportunity

Kate Carolan Reed

Back in the 1950s, Detroit was a top city in the world for shooting pictures.

Commercials, automobile promotions, you name it – the Motor City had more film on tape than any other place in the country.

So it’s no stretch to say that Michigan is going back to its roots, in a sense. State lawmakers this year, stung from a shell-shocked economy and partisan wrangling, agreed on measures that make Michigan’s film industry the most competitive in the nation. The legislation that became law in April offers movie producers almost half their money back if they shoot their projects here. The bills give filmmakers a 40 percent rebate and another two percent if they shoot in core cities.

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