Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Seth Stark shows off new Award winning short.

My new story on Troy area filmmaker Seth Stark of Kensington Church

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bob Lutz Front Page!

Front page of The Sunday Oakland Press -

"Taking Risks and Passion Drives Good Business, says Former GM Exec. Bob Lutz"
By: Sam Logan Khaleghi

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Thor 2" Potential Directors

Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan are rumoured to be under consideration to take over the helm of the "Thor" sequel at Marvel Studios

Patty Jenkins was previously attached as the director of Thor's second hammer until last Tuesday when she suddenly left due to "creative differences".

Taylor and Minahan are both regular directors of various HBO show episodes with both having worked on "Game of Thrones" and can bring an understanding of the mystical elements to the fanbase.

Marvel is also locking down a new writer. Don Payne has already turned in a draft with the likes of John Collee ("Master and Commander"), Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan") and Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction") all rumoured to have a sping and inking their pens on "Thor 2," due for release in November 2013.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Exclusive Interview with Elizabeth Reaser

Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen from "The Twlight Saga") takes time from her busy schedule to speak with The Oakland Press.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Have a Little Faith

Filmed in Detroit, the television movie Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith makes its national debut this Sunday, November 27 at 9 p.m. (EST) on ABC. The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie is based on the Detroit Free Press columnist’s #1 bestselling book and features Michigan locations including I AM My Brother’s Keeper Ministries, Ford Field, the Detroit Free Press building and the Masonic Temple.

“The city of Detroit, the people of Detroit and the spirit of Detroit play such an important role in this movie,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This is a great family film for the holidays with a message that rings true and a host of terrific Michigan locations.”

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hunger Games Trailer Premieres

Because we've all been asking for it - The Trailer to "THE HUNGER GAMES" is here. Explore moving images of this years' favourite fiction novel come ot life.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fox moves ahead with Big Budget Tentpoles

Fox has decided to move ahead with a "Planet of the Apes" sequel as well as a follow up to "X-Men First Class" - Simon Kinberg has been hired to scribe the X Follow up and signed Andy Serkis for another placement in the Apes timeline. So we can probably suspect that the MBA's in charge at Fox are recognizing smart rebooted projects as holding pots of gold for a green decade.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Film Biz Professsionals Gather For Discussing Incentive

My article on the film incentive meeting that took place in Bloomfield Hills this past week.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Detroit's Hottest Halloween Party

Looking for something fun to do tonight? How about the 3rd Annual Stage Fright ... The party has moved its locale downtown from its previous suburban location....

Friday, October 21, 2011

Captain Underpants Film For Kids?

DreamWorks Animation has acquired the feature film rights to Dave Pilkey's series about two fourth graders named George and Harold who cause a ruckus by hypnotizing their principal into thinking he's a superhero of that name in these comedy adventures. Although a live action film would be interesting, I believe they will keep along with a CGI feature in the spirit of DreamWorks Animation. In addition, it may be important to note that the popularity of these books amongst actual 4th graders may be a cause for parents to stand in line opening day and help this future film be a #1 box office opener.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Troy Brothers hit Festivals

Read about two local brothers from Troy who are hitting the film festival circuit to promote their locally made short film "My Friend Peter"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Wolverine going R?

MTV News recently had an interview with Hugh Jackman while he has been touring the press junkets for the Detroit made "Real Steel" - So far we are hinted that there is potential for an adult oriented full throttle R-Rated "Wolverine" film; for fans of darker adult themed superhero worlds, this is very good news as the characters would not have to be treated in a nickelodeon-like fashion.

Jackman says, "There's such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I've always felt that. I know a lot of fans would like that. I totally get it. If there was ever a superhero that was going to be R-rated, it's Wolverine. However, in the last ten years, I've also met many, many 12, 13, dare I say 10, 14, 15 year-olds who, for them, Wolverine is not just cool, you see it in their eyes. He's everything to them. So my thing is, which James Mangold and I talked about, is let's not put it off the table. There's even a talk of us doing two versions, as in finding a way for us to do both while you shoot it, which could be really cool. But you need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans."

Monday, October 3, 2011

Avengers Images

The biggest summer movie that Detroit lost out on - The Avengers has been filming south of us in Ohio instead - and photos are emerging. This is my most anticipated film of next summer. The very thought of Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor gracing the same screen at the same time gives me chills...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Incentive Running Dry

The Michigan Film Office is stating that it will not accept applications for the 2012 fiscal year until new legislation will pass.

The form the incentives will form into will be based on Senate Bill 569, sponsored by Sen. Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe.

The Film Office has only $921,313 left in its bank to award under the existing $25-million cap that went into effect this February. It will have to use this money by the end of December and recently awarded $498,868 to a set of U of M graduates who are working on a basketball themed film.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Lansing's Michigan Film Office shouts out proudly that post-production work on an animated documentary called "Actor?" is now approved for a film incentive from the state. The post-production work will be provided by locals who work at Farmington Hills-based Digital Image Studios.

“Post-production work continues to be an important foundation for utilizing existing infrastructure and talent here in Michigan,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “As an added bonus, this documentary will feature stories and interviews with Michigan actors, among others from across the country.”

"Actor?" was approved an financial gift of $62,520 on $156,000 of projected in-state expenditures. The work will be done by existing employees at Digital Image Studios.The documentary is said to interview actors "across the country to get a glimpse of why actors do what they do and how they work to enhance their careers."

In 2011, 19 projects have been approved with $23,579,819 in incentives being awarded on $56,700,577 of approved production expenditures for the year.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dogman gets Incentive!

The Michigan Film Office announced today that the feature film Dogman has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film, set in northern Michigan, is being produced by Traverse City-based Brauer Productions and is shooting on location in Benzie County.

“It is a priority for the Film Office to support Michigan-based filmmakers and projects, and Brauer Productions – which has been making movies in Michigan for more than three decades – is a great example of the homegrown talent we have here in the state,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “Dogman is not only set in Michigan, it is also hiring its entire crew from Michigan and creating paid internship positions to help train the next generation of Michigan filmmakers. Combined, these factors make this project the perfect fit for the film incentives.”

Dogman was awarded an incentive of $155,146 on $382,500 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 49 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 5 jobs.

The film is based on the popular Michigan folklore surrounding the Dogman, a wolf-like creature that appears in northern Michigan in the seventh year of each decade. The legend has been perpetuated over the years in various ways – including a song, “The Legend” released in 1987 and the 2007 novel, Year of the Dogman.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Our own Jana Kramer sings on "Footloose"

Country Superstar Blake Shelton is covering the title track to "Footloose," originally covered by Kenny Loggins of Danger Zone....Additionally my feature film co-star and "One Tree Hill" actress JANA KRAMER of Rochester Hills will be donning “Let’s Hear It for the Boy."

Here is the soundtrack listing

1. Footloose – Blake Shelton
2. Where The River Goes – Zac Brown
3. Little Lovin’ – Lissie
4. Holding Out For A Hero – Ella Mae Bowen
5. Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Jana Kramer
6. So Sorry Mama – Whitney Duncan
7. Fake I.D. – Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson
8. Almost Paradise – Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes
9. Walkin’ Blues – Cee Lo Green feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
10. Window Paine – The Smashing Pumpkins
11. Suicide Eyes – A Thousand Horses
12. Dance The Night Away – David Banner

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Quote of the Year

In the new and latest issue of Michigan Movie Magazine (which can be bought in Barnes&Noble or Borders) I was featured next to director Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) and actor Ray Stevenson (Thor, King Arthur) as being one of the most memorable quotes of 2011.

I've attached a copy of that page.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

SAG . AFTRA Merger>?

Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are continuing discussions this weekend between the AFTRA New Union Committee and the SAG Merger Task Force with regards to the creation of one union to represent all members of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.

Meeting together as the Group for One Union, or G1, members and staff of both unions held meetings Saturday through Monday by video and teleconference between New York and Los Angeles. Originally scheduled as face-to-face meetings in New York, members and staff were cautioned not to travel due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Irene in New York and elsewhere along the East Coast.

The G1, comprised of members including actors, performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals, received a presentation from its Member Education & Outreach Workgroup, and reviewed and discussed findings and recommendations of its Governance & Structure Workgroup. These and four other member-led workgroups have been holding discussions since they were created by the G1 at its inaugural meeting in Silver Spring, MD, June 19 -21.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Milford Memories -

Just in case you missed it, Last week's Milford Memories rolled in with delight; photos and video included.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cornerstore Movie Premiere's Around The Corner


Monday, August 15, 2011

Troy Studio Host Film Premiere


By: Sam Logan Khaleghi

Photography By: Jerry Richart

At the top of their game, industry kudos was given to NextWave Media Studios this past weekend as they hosted their first official red carpet movie screening.

The film was “James and Jenna,” a sci-fi action caper about a group of robotic androids searching for their place in a futuristic world. The film was shot entirely in the southeastern Michigan area and was directed by Indiana resident Chris Martens.

Although government support for Hollywood productions have been the state pillar of the cinematic enterprise as of late, local smaller productions hold firm that filming in Michigan will continue.

“It was an exciting time to be filming in Michigan considering all the attention the area is getting from the film incentive program, but I think the state is a great place to make a movie whether or not the incentive stays. There is a diversity in scenery that is unmatchable anywhere else,” says Martens.

NextWave Media Studios is owned and operated by CEO Nancy Skinner; she is a democratic radio host who has appeared as a contributor to political shows on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.

The company has existed as one of metro-Detroit’s premier studios offering production services, TV uplinks, webinars and webcasts.

The 88 seat auditorium that they run is also referred to by Skinner as “a digitorium.” It was not only filled by cast and crew members, but also lucky members of the metropolitan area who were first come first served and emailed for advance seats.

“We are glad to accommodate all independent filmmakers. To do that honor is our passion. The state of film in Michigan is dire and we want to draw attention to all the great talent that we have. Michigan is a hotbed of talented young people who need an outlet for their creative works,” says Skinner

The evening began sharply at 7pm with complimentary valet parking leading into the foyer; additionally supplemented by hors d’oeuvres that included shrimp and finger sandwiches alongside cheap plastic glasses rimming with expensive white wine. After a solid hour of chin wagging and wordlessly applauding the filmmakers with hugs and handshakes, the lights began to dim as people tip-toed, couching in their chairs. The film displayed to an audience that was articulately receptive with cheer to the visual effects laden production.

Sharon Baseman, marketing director of NextWave pointed out that there are hopes for future red carpet events at the location and further involvement filmmakers.

“I hope people know that we are here and have been here. Whether it is a corporate event for local company, private screening or grandiose movie premiere, we can do it,” says Basemen.

Filmmaker Chris Martens hopes that this advance screening will set off his film festival premiere and forthcoming showings across the country.

“Filming in the metropolitan Detroit area was a fantastic experience, since the film takes place in a futuristic Detroit. We shot in the city but also Troy, Bloomfield Hills, and now with the power of movies, we’ll be taking Michigan to the rest of the world,” says Martens.

Fore more information on the film and view a trailer visit

Friday, August 12, 2011


View the Interview Here:


Interview: "TWILIGHT" Co-Star Elizabeth Reaser


Check Out the Whole Story Here:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Weak Dollar Helping Hollywood?

I just got back from Germany, and the one thing I noticed is that everything was more expensive for me as an American this year - In April the dollar hit a three year low. It is being said that the weakened U.S. Dollar is allowing for a boisterous international box office, especially in the UK and the rest of Europe. Although as prosperous at it may seem, the situation also causes for frustration for domestic TV and film producers who develop projects and watch the fluctuations in the market. Taking a small film project abroad let alone a tentpole like "The Hobbit" creates issues for the producers who have to pay out foreign talent both above and below the line. The rate is about 1.42 (Dollar) on average to 1.00 (Euro). Highlights although may also span for international distributors and exhibitors who want to buy domestic product and realize that they are saving money.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Comic Con Enters.

Comic Con has arrived in San Diego yet again. A full week of fandom and splendor. It may be an opportunity for most teenagers to witness their first glimpse of a girl in a Princess Leia Bikini; however for Hollywood's studio system, it's a potential sweep of advertising to the largest collection of devoted pop culture addicts in the world. Though rumor was that this year's fest would be slower and quieter, that has not been the case. Small goodies such as a reveal of "The Avengers" one sheet and chat about trailers to the upcoming "Amazing Spiderman" reboot and "Dark Knight Rises" keeps our comic book zealots alive and kicking . . . Some would even say screaming in joy, as 2012 promises a full year of live action heroism just as 2011 continued it with "Captain America" and "Thor." So keep an eye out for 'Hall H' news!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

OZ Free?

L. Frank Baum wrote "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" in 1900 and have officially fallen into the public domain. MGM still however holds the rights to the ruby red slippers which are their creation - The question of a legal debate has brewed over Oz related merchandise and depiction of the characters based on the script.

Aaron Moss, Greenberg Glusker litigation chairman, says: "The court's statement that the film copyrights cover 'all visual depictions' of the characters recognizes that there is often a quintessential version of a literary character that exists in the public's mind as a result of a popular film adaption. Any filmmaker that wants to create a new version of a literary work -- even one in the public domain -- needs to be careful not to use copyrightable elements of characters that first appear in protected motion picture versions of the works. Of course, when it comes to characters depicted by live actors, this may be easier said than done."

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I, Alex Cross Approved for Credits!

"I, Alex Cross" has been approved for Michigan Film Credits - The film, set in Detroit, features the character Alex Cross from the James Patterson novels and stars Jean Reno, Matthew Fox and Tyler Perry. It is being directed by Rob Cohen ('The Fast and the Furious').
“With more than $3 billion in worldwide sales, the Alex Cross franchise is an incredible opportunity for Michigan to tap into as we work to promote our state nationally and around the globe,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This is the type of high-level project that ensures our Michigan crew has the experience necessary to compete with the best is the business. In showcasing the talent, and the incredible locations, Michigan has to offer this is another great project for our state.”
"I, Alex Cross" has been approved for an incentive of $3,573,943 on $8,509,387 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 209 Michigan workers for temporary work.
“We are very pleased the Michigan Film Office has approved I, Alex Cross, and we appreciate the hard work on the part of the film office team in guiding us through the application process,” said project producer Paul Hansen. “Our entire team looks forward to filming in Detroit and featuring the city in our movie.”

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Upcoming Theatre Auditions

Some of metro-Detroit areas theatre companies are holding joint general auditions for the 2011-2012 theatre season June 20, 21 and 27, 2011, at the Furniture Factory located at 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226. Auditions will be held from 6pm to 11 pm. Appointments must be made for reservation and made by e-mailing

Theatres attending auditions will be Abreact Performance Space (Detroit), The AKT Theatre Project (Wyandotte), Blackbird Theatre (Ann Arbor), Breathe Art Theatre Project (Detroit/Windsor), Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company (Detroit), Matrix Theatre Company (Detroit), Planet Ant Theatre (Hamtramck), The New Theatre Project (Ann Arbor) and Who Wants Cake? Theatre (Ferndale).

Headshots and résumés should not be attached to the e-mail. No appointments will be made by phone.

Actors are to prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues no longer than three minutes total. Auditions will be timed. Actors should bring nine sets of headshot/résumé and all schedule conflicts for the season (one set for each attending company).

All roles offered will be paid. Most theatres may offer Guest Artist Equity contracts.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Freaky Deaky

The Michigan Film Office repprts that the feature film "Freaky Deaky" is approved for a film incentive from the state. The film is based on the novel by Michigan author and New York Times bestseller Elmore Leonard and will be directed by Charlie Matthau. The premise takes place in Detroit and follows the exploits of a former group of 60’s radicals when they meet again in 1974.

“Elmore Leonard stands shoulder to shoulder among Michigan’s most noteworthy authors, and we are thrilled that ;Freaky Deaky', a story that unfolds across the city of Detroit, will be shot right here where it belongs,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This project will employ our workforce and infrastructure, showcase our state, and highlight the work of Elmore – a great Michigan talent. It is a terrific project and an exciting Pure Michigan opportunity.”

"Freaky Deaky" was awarded an incentive of $2,864,020 on $6,926,071 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 235 Michigan workers. Leonard is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Detroit.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

"Have a Little Faith" to film in Detroit suburbs

The Michigan Film Office states that "Have a Little Faith", a made-for-television movie, has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film is based on the #1 bestselling book by Mitch Albom of the same title.

The story is about a journey to discover faith with the help of a childhood rabbi and a Detroit pastor.

“The city and sprit of Detroit play an integral role in Have a Little Faith, so it is only fitting that this movie be shot in the very place that helped to inspire this story,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “In addition to hiring Michigan crew and vendors, this project also presents an opportunity to showcase Michigan to a wide-spread national television audience.”

"Have a Little Faith" was awarded an incentive of $2,355,945 on its qualified Michigan expenditures and the film office expects the production to hire 226 Michigan part time workers.

"Have a Little Faith" is the seventh project approved under the new policy and guidelines issued by the Michigan Film Office. In 2011, nine projects have been approved with $12,988,399 in incentives being awarded on $31,271,545 of approved production expenditures for the year.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thor Takes in #1 Spot

Thor comes to collect. A $66 Million dollar opening weekend, with 60% of its domestic take coming from 2,737 3D screens proves not only the public's interest in superhero fun, but also 3D films. The global cume is $242 Million. Now having seen it, I stand by the 2D version just as well as I would the 3D version. The film is a perfect set up for "The Avengers" with Nick Fury's cameo after the credits showing us the figure known as the 'Teseract' - a piece that we will find out more about in this summer's "Captain America: The First Avenger." Little known that the character of the Beast who is also an avenger will show up in this summers "X-Men First Class" bringing all these movies together in a giant Marvel Studios Onslaught of Cinema. Although the mitten state of Michigan lost out on "The Avengers" filming in our realm, the production is set to resume south of us in Ohio for those interested in tracking down a potential job as a background 'extra.'

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Reality Show approved for Incentive!

The Michigan Film Office announced that the television show "Domestic Justice" is on the approved list for a film incentive from the state for the show’s pilot episode. The plot is described as a "...reality show with Honorable Vonda R. Evans, who will work with litigants to address domestic discord in their lives and provide solutions in a lively forum for participants and viewers."

“This pilot episode will put the necessary framework in place to get the reality program "Domestic Justice" off to a successful start,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “The Film Office is pleased to be able to award the project an incentive and is excited about the future prospects of this program.”

"Domestic Justice" has been awarded an incentive of $32,109 on $78,450 of projected in-state expenditures for the pilot episode. Evans currently serves as a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge. The project is being produced by S3 Entertainment Group in Ferndale.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

One Last Call - Premiere Next Week

"One Last Call," the film is set to premiere at the historic Royal Oak Main Art Theater 7pm on April 27th, 2011. "One Last Call" is an art house film with Lynchian appeal. It is a story based in redemption where a young man, Tom, and his newly found friend, Dodge, venture out on a night’s binge that leads them to their final temptation in the young woman known only as Red Dress. In giving into thered herring they are taken on a journey they never expected, and their road ends on the night’s one last call.

"One Last Call" is an Indie feature-short film, and it is in the genre of the supernatural thriller. The production is considered a feature-short; a short film that is between 21 to 60 minutes in length."One Last Call" is recognized in its category for being a short film at the level equal to that of a feature length film and doing so with no budget. The production utilized nine locations, studios (both film and music), professional equipment, Michigan talent agencies, local entertainment acts and businesses, their own soundtrack and music video, with all above-the-line and below-the-line roles being 100% Michiganders.

The concept of "One Last Call" was born in 2009 from the mind of the screenplay writer’s daughter. Inspired by her daughter’s story, she developed the screenplay in conjunction with her Masters Program for Entertainment Business at Full Sail University. "One Last Call" soon became a collaboration of over 40 people on its team, and with close to one hundred Michigan extras. Being a no budget indie short film meant the team had to utilize what they had along with the support of several generous sponsors, which included; Benito’s Pizza, Coca Cola’s Fuse, Commune Night Club of Royal Oak, Valentine Vodka of Ferndale, and NVIDIA.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

AWOL approved for Michigan

Fresh news from Lansing, The Michigan Film Office announced the feature film AWOL as being approved for a film incentive from the state. The Film Office says that it is based on a true story of a Michigan solider, takes place during the Vietnam War and is set in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas.

“This project not only tells a great story, it also highlights the home-grown filmmaking talent we have here in Michigan,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “From the screenplay and producers to the story’s setting, this is a Michigan-made film from start to finish and we are thrilled it will be shooting here in the state.”

The Statute that is used to guide approval decisions includes the following.

1. The production is financially viable.

2. Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, film labs, etc.).

3. The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production.

4. Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.

5. Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Commercial Town, USA

Detroit used to spend more money on physical film stock than any other city, including Los Angeles when it came to production. In particular most of these projects were commercial and industrials, primarily made for and by the 'Big Three' automotive companies. This past quarter we witnessed one of the most influential television spots in the history of advertising. I myself was just involved in addition re-shoots for the Chrysler 200 spot which included filming shots of my me on a bike trailer riding alongside Bel Isle staring at the vehicle as it drives by. It was arguably one of the most amazing film shoots I was involved in due to the fact that everyone understood the mastery of it's craft work. It is also important to note that commercials are not covered under the 42% Michigan film incentive, however due to their direct impact on popular culture and the amount of money that is spent on producing any one television advert, it is my suggestion that they should be.

CHRYSLER 200 / Eminem - TV Spot.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Support the Film Incentive in Person

I will appear on CMNtv with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner and State Representatives Tim Melton & Tom McMillin to discuss the film incentive program. The event will take questions from audience members by way of Twitter or a live chat during the Town Hall's online livestream. They can also call in or submit comments on our web site or on our Facebook page.

Opposition generally believes that the incentives would have to exist permanently for a real film industry to exist in Michigan; Although supporters believe they can 'slowly' phase it out as the infrastructure continues to grow and create a general mindset that the film industry should exist here.

WHEN: Monday, April 4, 2011 – 6-7pm
WHERE: CMNtv 1230 Souter, Troy, MI 48083
WATCH: Comcast & Wow Cable Channel 18

Monday, March 28, 2011

Filming in Holland

Although the Tulip Fair hasn't exposed yet ... the Tulips are indeed blooming in Holland alongside a commercial for a new energy drink called "Party Amor." The small bottled beverage diming with a tagline that shouts "it's worth a shot" boasts post-hangover relief. Spearheaded by Curtis and Cason Thorsby, who are two Central Michigan University BBA students who aimed at providing a low cost solution to a long night of drinking packed with B-Vitamins. This past week, a series of commercials starring Michelle Balser Peterson were produced by myself, Sam Logan K and directed by Keith Zielinski. The spots are aimed at satisfying investors as well as galvanize a new audience of prospective customers.

Filming took place at Holland's 9th Street studios yesterday. We arrived the night before the shoot slightly before 12:00am midnight after a 3 hour journey from Detroit. A camera test with the chameleon like talents of Michelle sparked an afflatus in Zielinski who chatted up the set into the 3am hour; Followed by a 10am call time that brought about my skill to moxie and muscle the stage onto it's ledge. Zielinksi pulls aside for a coffee and and fruit salad at crafty after a quick rehearsal while Michelle winks of confident pose that continues over the course of the 5 hour shoot. "Five hours to shoot a commercial" I'm asked by a passerby in the hallway of the studio; "Yes" I laughingly reply, "That's actually a relatively quick and easy shoot, considering that our lead actress has over 2 pages of double sided monologue, read aloud in font size 4." Zielinski and Michelle of course being consummate artists take on every opportunity film, television or theatre - commercials in this case are no different and need the same amount of careful consideration of artists convening to assemble a narrative that fits a market."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cutbacks in Tax Breaks Bring Chickens Home to Roost

Just as we in Michigan are hoping that the movies come to the mitten state and stay here, California is fighting back with it's own hope..... is just one example of the local to Hollywood crews attempts and convincing producers to stay in their backyard and keep the money in the golden sun.

Most recently many film productions are heading to Louisiana, not only does the state have warm weather and coastline, it also boasts experienced film crews and and studio space alongside a 30% tax credit. Just as there is a Raleigh Studios in Detroit now, there has been one in Baton Rouge; Just like Detroit Louisiana offers a plethora of real estate at a good price with some down home southern home advantages.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Festivals Galore

It's festival season....with Ann Arbor around the corner, and DIFF / Uptown teaming up things are looking to get good for us who want to bask in indie light.

Celebrating Michigan’s finest , the 2nd Annual Detroit Independent Film Festival (DIFF) presents its line-up for 2011. The second year festival includes over 80 films including World Premieres, panels, afterglow parties and more.

THE DIFF received well over 235 films from all over the world and the festival begins March 9th, and continues through Sunday, March 13th, 2011.

DIFF 2011 will kick off with two big events going on at the same time including an opening night reception both at the Ren Cen 4 and the Burton Theatre. Michigan Filmmaker’s Night will be the opening night event that will take place at the Ren Cen 4.

The Burton Theatre will also be having their own opening night reception and screening with the Michigan Premiere of “The Beast Pageant” which recently had its World Premiere at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.

Thursday Night opens with two exceptional short film blocks at the Burton Theatre , including an experimental and short film program including the Michigan Premiere of the acclaimed short film “Soap” which is about a middle-age women who finds herself in a sticky situation when she discovers her lover dead from having slipped on a bar of soap.

Friday Night’s line-up includes three grand premieres. Including the World Premiere of Hollywood based director J.C. Calciano’s “eCupid”, about a young ad man who is desperate for a new life that he goes looking for it online where he comes up a mysterious app called “eCupid” that guarantees him to find true love.

Another Friday headliner is the World premiere of Michigan based indie filmmaker Michael McCallum’s (Fairview St., Handlebar) new film “Lucky” about a young man who moves from relationship to relationship trying to meet the right woman.

All in all if you want to read more or buy tickets....visit

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


After a few days of much needed rest and post-Oscar recovery, SLK is back! This was my first year witnessing the Academy Awards live on the red carpet. For most of LA, the inconvenience of traffic jams was welcome as both tourists and locals stood back behind barricades up to 2 blocks away just to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars stepping out of limousines. The weather was a crisp 60 degrees. The sun was out (mostly). It was only 5pm Pacific standard time, so it made sense to me that parties would run late, considering the Oscars start 3 hours ahead at 8pm on the eastern time clock for us usually. Everyone was friendly (almost). It was almost like living in the Hollywood heyday of the 1950's or 60's, except newer brands gave way on the catwalk for a modern twist - And you could smell a plastic lining in the air amongst hints of grill and perfume as so many different scents flew in the air.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Film Foundation

While everyone is up in arms about preserving the film incentive program here in the state - May I urge you to switch your focus on the more important subject matter of preserving film itself. Martin Scorsese's "The Film Foundation" is a non profit organization that has made sure to bring attention to the fact that 50% of films that were made before 1950 have disappeared, while the rest are rotting away. Thank you to Mr. Scorsese. Unlike today, films used to actually be shot on film stock and film stock can disintegrate. So the classics that our grandparents may have watched in glorious picture quality. So if you get a chance, visit and learn how you can help.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Love is a Thieves' Game World Premiere

The official world premiere of my feature length "Love is a Thieves' Game" will take place on March 12 at 1pm. The red carpet debut will be a part of the Detroit Independent Film Festival which takes place from March 9th - March 12th at the Uptown Palladium Theatre in Birmingham. My film has been nominated for "Best Screenplay," "Best Original Score" and has 3 addition nominations for our actors. I would cordially like to invite any and all who may be interested in checking for more information. We enjoyed filming here and would love to invite all fellow Detroiters to enjoy this afternoon with us as we celebrate "Made in Detroit" Cinema!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fanboys align - The Hobbit Delayed & Superman

Henry Cavill, a frontrunner for the role of Clark Kent over the last 5 - 10 years is now being taken seriously; Having auditioned for the Superman role before, Cavill has now been chosen as Zack Snyder's "Superman." This is exciting for many fans who've been waiting for this 27 year old actor to take on the role. As for "The Hobbit," Director and Helmer of the Steer, Peter Jackson is currently mending together from ulcer surgery, and will be ready to be on "The Hobbit" set on March 21st - Filming with take place at Stonestreet Studios. A great day for fanboys.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Three Made In Michigan's At Sundance

"Cedar Rapids" (which had an Ann Arbor premiere last night alongside the director), "Salvation Blvd", and "Another Happy Day" all represent the products of the Michigan Tax Incentive at the Sundance Film Festival this year. That's potentially represents a whole lot of producers and directors discussing how much fun they had making a movie in the mitten state. The Michigan Film Office in Lansing, boasts that the three films represent 475 jobs and $16.8 Million dollars in the state. According to a recent press release from the office, since April 2008, over $648 million has been spent by film and media productions.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Filmmaker Offers Home Repair Option as Entreprenurial Endeavor

It’s another world as I pursued this story relating to home repair. A world of hundreds of repair companies all trying to survive in a tough economy. Blogging about this is written in order to educate homeowners. As I investigated this unique re-occurring problem that I choose to write about, Do-It-Yourself approaches to many repair projects. I also learned that there are vast amounts of information on the Internet to help these people in their efforts as well as valuable help services at Lowes and Home Depot. Seems like everyone is turning to his or her own repair efforts due to our wonderful Internet.

I have already done a print story on independent filmmaker Dean Teaster but I thought this is the perfect platform to give him another boost as an entrepreneur as well as being an artist. Teaster's company, Mr. Sponge Waterproofing announces to a national wire service, the new “TRX Compressed Swell Plug”. Their service industry provides low cost injection processes that also use their own blend of polyurethane called SP-3 and now this, the TRX. It’s no wonder the roots of this company flash back to 1967 and are still here today. Something needs to be said for a Michigan artist who takes time to create and maintain new inventions beyond film and television projects.

Teaster's company provides a slam-dunk solution to crack repair with their wall-to-wall service or single water leak pinpoint injection. Look him up yourself at and

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Studio Space

Did you know that Detroit hosts some of the best state of the art film space? Taking the time to think of it, I was told recently by a fellow filmmaker that the metro-Detroit area sufferes from a lack of production houses and arenas for film projects. Not including warehouses and the space across from the Coke factory (used for Detroit 187), the recently opened Michigan Production Complex in Rochester, senior platforms like Grace and Wild Studios and the upcoming frosh, Raleigh Michigan Studios. NextWave Media in Troy is also rumbling about. Will supply and demand determine how many studio films we can get? The supply is there, the demand for tax incentives is here as well. Taking advantage of a Michigan soundstage could be prominent and help the permanent residence of a series of projects here in Michigan. Let's get the word out!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Note to Actors

Do one thing every day that furthers your career, or has the potential to. Taking 15 minutes a day to work on your craft or 5 hours to work toward your headshots is a lot more satisfying in the long run than working on an indie short zombie film that one of your friends thinks could be cool - That is pure fun, and no I am not saying don't do it, but I am also not saying headline the garage premiere of that movie on the back of your resumes. Think about your decisions in life, time is money and how you spend it determines your worth. Priorities are the things you do. Do the things that make each minute count, cause they do. Take a class, network, meet people, but don't waste your time and other peoples ever on things that don't take you forward but cause you to stay stagnant.

Friday, January 7, 2011


I just wrapped up filming a supporting role in an episode of 'Detroit 187' - The day went easy. At first, finding the studio located in Highland Park was a bit hard, but once I arrived and checked in with security I felt as though I arrived on the Disney lot in LA...even though it was a home away from home for ABC in metro-Detroit. After arrival, I was treated with the kindest regards, the crew is almost like that of a community theatre show, very friendly and family oriented. The cast was very generous including Michael Imperioli whom I worked in a scene with....Thank you Mr. addition Shaun Majumder was very inviting, saying to me the first 'hello' before I could even utter, 'I'm a fan of your work.' In my opinion this was the nicest cast and crew I've worked with ever so far. The episode entitled 'Legacy/Drag City' should air either at the end of the month or in February. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Charitable and Found

For those looking for something fun to do while supporting local organizations: Charitable and Found with a lil Sound? A Jazz Music/Art Show will take place January 15th from 7pm - 10pm, coordinated by Steve Blackwood (actor previously of TV's Days of Our Lives) and his wife Karen. The location is Birmingham Unitarian Church. The ad boasts a 25% tax free donation from all sales of art proceeded to 'The Pink Fund' (a fundraiser for breast cancer survivors and their families). With music starting at 7pm, a suggested donation of $10 is acknowledged for entrance - A wine and cheese fin art reception would follow at 8pm.