Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dreams of the big screen

By Jeff Meade | Monroe News | May 16. 2009

The Floral City could become the Film City if some Monroe movie aficionados get their way.

Monroe Councilman Jeremy Molenda is working with TK Productions to document what Monroe has to offer movie producers.

"All of the things that make Monroe a great community make it attractive to film producers," he said. "We have great neighborhoods of character, the lake, industry, wetlands, agriculture, an airport, the classic downtown.

"Allen Park has this potential full-scale production studio that’s in the works, but Monroe has so much more to offer."

Michigan’s aggressive pursuit of Hollywood has resulted in more than 30 movies shot in the state in the past year, including in such communities as Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Ann Arbor, Milford, Howell, Saginaw, Frankenmuth and Traverse City.
Tax breaks of up to 42 percent — including 2 percent because Monroe is considered a Michigan Core Community — would be available on labor, goods and services to filmmakers who set up shop in Monroe.

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