GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Waterfront Film Festival will be a part of ArtPrize 2015 and won't return to South Haven this summer. ArtPrize 2015 is launching "ArtPrize Tonight," a new, after-hours series of performance and film including "ArtPrize OnScreen" organized by Waterfront Film Festival as part of the seventh annual art exhibition in Grand Rapids. Due to the new partnership, Waterfront Film Festival will not hold its festival in South Haven, which had been slated for June 11-14, said Hopwood DePree, co-founder of Waterfront Film Festival. (MLive)

Michigan Film Credits Closer to Elimination

Mar 4, 2015
State Capitol - file photo
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Michigan’s film credits are a step closer to being eliminated by the state Legislature. A House panel approved a bill Wednesday that would end the program on October 1st. The vote was largely party-line, with almost all Republicans voting in favor and most Democrats voting against. 

Law which provides incentives set to lapse in three years

A New York Times report on Michigan’s credit for film production finds it has not produce the jobs promised. The Times report on a studio built in Pontiac is part of a series on business credits and incentives and their impact on job creation. In Pontiac the studio was built on the site for a former General Motors’ facility. The report finds that the studio reported only 12 employees last year. There were other temporary jobs in areas such as construction. But an emergency financial manager appointed to oversee Pontiac’s finances says the credit diverted needed revenue.