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The Middle Distance to Film in Southwest Michigan

February 19, 2014
CONTACT: Michelle Grinnell
The Middle Distance to Film in Southwest Michigan
February 19, 2014

LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today the feature film The Middle Distance has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The project will film this month in New Buffalo, Three Oaks and Grand Beach, Michigan and feature local diners and landscapes.

“This is a winter project that will provide crew and support service opportunities in Southwest Michigan and highlight several communities along the Lake Michigan shoreline,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office.

The Middle Distance was awarded an incentive of $39,386 on $145,361 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire nine Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of one job.

In the wake of his father’s death, Neil Mercer must travel back home to the Midwest for the first time in years to help sell his estranged parents’ cottage. When his brother must leave unexpectedly, Neil finds himself marooned in the house with his brother’s fiancé – a wickedly smart, fiercely independent woman whose impressive exterior masks the quietly despairing spirit hiding beneath.

In his feature debut, Director Patrick Underwood is delighted to be able to showcase the Southwest Michigan landscape that surrounds his childhood memories.

“The community support has been overwhelming,” Underwood said. “Michigan is a great place to make a movie.”

In Fiscal Year 2014, four projects have been awarded a total of $40,485,448 on $151,782,056 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 714 hires with a full time equivalent of 751 jobs.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.

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