Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Moviemakers expect $5.7M break

By Christopher Behnan • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • April 8, 2009

Parallel Media, the California-based production company for the film "High School," expects to receive as $5.7 million, taxpayer-funded rebate for shooting the film in Michigan and will offset a total budget of roughly $19 million.

That figure came from "High School" producer Ray Markovich in an interview with Kathy Hoekstra, spokeswoman for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy think tank in Midland, who has followed the state's generous film incentive.

Hoekstra said the overall rebate for "High School" — a high school stoner movie primarily shot at the Howell Public Schools Parker Campus in Marion Township late last year — averaged around 30 percent.

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