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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.
An independent film impresario - Sam Logan Khaleghi’s writing, directing and producing credits include the upcoming character drama APPROACHING MIDNIGHT featuring Jana Kramer (co-star of CW’s ‘One Tree Hill’); His freshman effort into the world of cinema came with his crime-drama LOVE IS A THIEVES' GAME which was shot during college years on location in Detroit, Michigan as well as New York City. In the world of television, Sam served as associate producer on the season finale (8th season) of MTV's Emmy winning series MADE; As thespian he made his television debut with a small role in Lifetime TV Networks PRAYERS FOR BOBBY * starring Sigourney Weaver and appeared in the season finale of Touchstone Pictures' Television's DETROIT 1-8-7. He can currently be seen in television commercials for the national ‘Pure Michigan’ campaign.
Sam is a graduate of the Master of Science in Communication Management program at Northwestern University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of of Music and Drama in London, England.