Friday, January 23, 2009

Local red carpet events draw attention to Michigan film industry

By Jennifer Pascua | WZZM TV13 | January 23, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Both the West Michigan Film Video Alliance and the Waterfront Film Festival are hosting red carpet events on Oscar night to support the local, growing film industry. The non-profit organizations are trying to attract more people to consider a new career path: the film industry.

"Last year alone, producers brought $250 million in projects to Michigan that has never happened before, it's just the beginning," says Deb Havens of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance.

Four years ago, Havens helped found the WMFVA. "We have seen a great many people express interest in how can I get into the industry? And training is one of the big hurdles for people, here especially in West Michigan."

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