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The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
February 2015

NEW MICHIGAN FILM INCENTIVE ACT

Michigan has adjusted its film incentive law, and there are some important things to keep in mind.

Some key points about the new film incentive law:

•    Subsidies must reimburse 25 percent of direct production expenses and qualified personnel expenses and 10 percent of expenditures at a qualified facility or postproduction facility.

•    Requires that at least 10 percent of the funding be for motion pictures, documentaries, or television series with a budget of less than $15 million.

•    Requires that Michigan residents be hired to work on qualified productions at certain ratios of residents to nonresidents, unless there are not enough qualified Michigan residents for the positions.

•    Requires the Film Office, in determining whether to award funding, to consider whether a production company will hold a premiere in Michigan for the qualified production and make film trailers and clips available for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.

Read the bill here for more details.

Words from Your Local President

Jane Bower

Happy 2015, fellow SAG-AFTRA Michigan Local members!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of your Local Board, 2014 was filled with member-driven activities.

In November, the SAG-AFTRA Michigan Local hosted a filmmakers forum at Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids. Local filmmakers learned how simple and painless it is to hire professional SAG-AFTRA talent for their projects. SAG-AFTRA members learned how to navigate the union’s low-budget and other contracts. Compass students learned that when you hire union talent, you hire the best.

Kathy Byrne from SAG-AFTRA led the lively discussion with vast knowledge, easy-to-comprehend information and humor. Thank you, Kathy! She returns for an encore this spring in Detroit. Expect to see an announcement soon. 

Rocky Rector and Ralph Lister at the industry gathering in Grand Rapids
Rocky Rector and Ralph Lister at the filmmakers forum in Grand Rapids.

The SAG-AFTRA Michigan Local Coffee Connections continue to inspire locals across the country to set up their own connections. The next Coffee Connection is coming to a coffee house near you. Your SAG-AFTRA Michigan Local is planning other events this year for broadcasters, voiceover artists, actors, singers and all other performers. Our local is stepping up our game in 2015. We welcome, encourage and celebrate your involvement.

In solidarity,
Jayne Bower