September 17, 2016–Welcome to Michigan Movie Media 2.0. Although it has taken us over two months to write this first article, we launched this new blog on July 4th, 2016–which was our way of striking a blow for Independence– we have published 29 articles–or an article every other day. We have had close to 200 unique visitors, with more coming in daily. This is the beginning.
Why 2.0? We felt it was time to take MMM to the next level. With this, we will focus almost exclusively on Michigan’s independent film industry. We have very few other alternatives. With a crushing defeat and extermination of Michigan’s film incentives, the number of BIG tent pole productions, except for a few which were signed to produce here before this fateful day, haven dried up. Although this was disheartening for many looking forward to pursuing careers in the film industry, with many leaving for what they perceived as greener pastures, the heartiest of Michigan’s filmmakers decided to dig in and start producing their own, whether shorts or features. To Michigan’s film-making community’s credit, many proven to be very high level, with many receiving accolades from film festivals throughout the world. The selection of these films by international film festivals, paneled by expert judges, is one of the highest compliments that Michigan’s independent filmmakers could receive, with many decorating the posters they have created for each production with many laurel wreaths. Go, Michigan film industry!
What plans do we have for Michigan Movie Media 2.0? MMM2.0 is going to be an evolving entity. We have plans to continue to present news as it breaks, but with exploration and focus on video and other new technologies. We will present articles on and interviews with Michigan’s filmmakers and subjects relevant to and of interest to our growing readership.
Now let’s make some noise. Let’s make it known that Michigan has a film industry, and we are dedicated to producing films that will make our presence known. We are Michigan’s film industry.