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Let's welcome back The Film Lab. Support those who support you!!
06/16/2020

Let's welcome back The Film Lab. Support those who support you!!

🎉 The Film Lab is ready to re-open, this Friday, June 19! We’ve reduced capacity, increased safety measures for patrons and staff, and can’t wait to see you at the movies. We’re reopening with ‘80s classic BEETLEJUICE and the gender fluid dance film @avivamovie. Tickets on sale now (at this point only selling tix in groups of 2 & 4 to ensure proper social distancing)! @ The Film Lab

Our partners at Traverse Connect have been implementing innovative strategies in response to COVID-19. Join Wednesday as...
05/28/2020
Economic Strategy Sessions: Attracting a Remote Workforce for the Future Economy

Our partners at Traverse Connect have been implementing innovative strategies in response to COVID-19. Join Wednesday as they host a virtual webinar discussing the importance of building a remote workforce in our transitioning economy.

#CreativeChambers https://business.traverseconnect.com/events/details/economic-strategy-sessions-attracting-a-remote-workforce-for-the-future-economy-6060?utm_source=Economic+Strategy+Session+2&utm_campaign=7f0c96d625-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_08_04_38_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e061ae0da-7f0c96d625-58824432

The Economic Strategy Sessions are an initiative by Traverse Connect to engage high-level investors and community leaders with the key pillars of our Strategic Plan, and to provide clear and transparent leadership and guidelines for our region's economic development activity.

Is your student in need of some extra activities as they continue their at-home learning? You might consider getting you...
05/15/2020
Jobs & Education | Michigan Business

Is your student in need of some extra activities as they continue their at-home learning? You might consider getting your students involved in computer science and computer coding. We've compiled a list of resources for students of all grade levels to get them working on computer science and coding activities, just follow the link below.

Thank you to DAFT--Digital Arts, Film & Television for their continued support of Michigan's young filmmakers. Show your...
05/12/2020
Live-Streaming Info for 52nd Michigan Student Film Festival (7 pm, May 14-17)

Thank you to DAFT--Digital Arts, Film & Television for their continued support of Michigan's young filmmakers. Show your support by streaming the 52nd Michigan Student Film Festival this weekend.

The longest-running student film festival in the country will hold the 52nd Michigan Student Film Festival online–May 14-17th continuing its 30-year partnership with the Detroit Institute of …

Great way to support hospitality industry employee's, many of which are presently furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19...
04/20/2020

Great way to support hospitality industry employee's, many of which are presently furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19.

Please help support the Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund here: https://app.mobilecause.com/e/b1q3MA?vid=774an.

Michigan is taking a regional approach towards getting our economy back on track. #MidwestStrong
04/16/2020
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan is taking a regional approach towards getting our economy back on track. #MidwestStrong

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky and Ohio have announced a partnership to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.

Support #MiFilmFestivals!
04/13/2020
A Great Investment For Your School: AAFF DVDs

Support #MiFilmFestivals!

Support the AAFF by adding our DVD 10-pack to your library's collection! Twelve DVD volumes with award-winning works are available for sale to educational inst

FYI, #StayHomeStaySafe extended through April 30, 2020.
04/09/2020

FYI, #StayHomeStaySafe extended through April 30, 2020.

Michigan has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and we’re still on the upswing. We must continue to do everything we can to slow the spread and protect our families, so today, I extending the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through the end of April.

As with the prior order, it limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. There are additional limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the coronavirus, and save lives.

Read more: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90640-525173--,00.html

ATTN HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS:Title: Beginner & Intermediate Coding 10-Day WorkshopDescription: This 2-Week Beginner Coding...
04/09/2020
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ATTN HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS:

Title: Beginner & Intermediate Coding 10-Day Workshop
Description: This 2-Week Beginner Coding Virtual Workshop is for kids ages 9-14 yo that wants to start coding with Scratch. Students will learn how to develop fun games and animations using Google CS First, design sprites and background, understand loops and variables, and produce fun projects. Our live instructor will make the online workshop engaging and educational.

Fee: FREE
Date: April 13-24 (MTWTF)
Time: 11am-12pm EST
Online: Link will be provided once in enrolled
Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Tech: Google CS First/Scratch
Requirement: Laptop/Computer with Internet access. Camera and microphone are optional. One enrollment per household.
Registration Link: www.Accelerate4KIDS.org/Events

Tough time for so many film festivals and other special screening events right now. Supporting programs like #FILMFESTIV...
04/08/2020

Tough time for so many film festivals and other special screening events right now. Supporting programs like #FILMFESTIVALDAY is a way to stay connected to your local film festivals.

Support YOUR favorite film festival when you participate in the inaugural #FILMFESTIVALDAY with audiences from 30 festivals from around the country- including a virtual group screening of Phoenix, Oregon Movie & a live filmmaker Q&A!

"To put it simply, and yes gratefully, Phoenix, Oregon is the sort of movie a lot of us need right now." - Variety

Follow the link for to support your local film festival: https://shop.jomafilms.com/products/phoenix-oregon-film-festival-day

04/02/2020
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Pure Michigan Business Connect has launched a new grant program providing a total of $1 million in grants to Michigan’s small manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies in response to COVID-19.

Read the full announcement: https://puremi.ch/3dKR2Sr.

FYI. Support #MiMusicians!!
03/31/2020

FYI. Support #MiMusicians!!

The deadline for the first Roy W. Dean Film Grant of 2020 is March 31st!  Winner will receive $3,500 cash and thousands ...
03/25/2020
2020 Roy W. Dean Film Grant Accepting Entries - Cleveland Film

The deadline for the first Roy W. Dean Film Grant of 2020 is March 31st! Winner will receive $3,500 cash and thousands more in film production services. Open to documentary films, narrative features, short films, and web series. Learn more and apply here: https://buff.ly/39bOtFf

The deadline for the first Roy W. Dean Film Grant for 2020 is coming up fast. All entries for the grant for independent filmmakers must be submitted by March 31st. Celebrating its 28th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant seeks projects in need of help getting finished that are unique and make a contrib...

Let's hope so.
03/24/2020

Let's hope so.

ATTN: Sm Biz. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has compiled information and resources for small businesses,...
03/24/2020
COVID19 Michigan Business Resources

ATTN: Sm Biz. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has compiled information and resources for small businesses, major employers, entrepreneurs and others regarding our response to the economic impact of COVID-19. Please visit the resource page https://michiganbusiness.org/covid19/

Resources for Michigan Businesses during COVID19 (Coronavirus)

03/13/2020
Greater Farmington Film Festival

Greater Farmington Film Festival

The KickstART Farmington Board of Directors after serious consideration has decided to postpone the 2020 Greater Farmington Film Festival, which was scheduled for March 19-22, due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, and our desire to support the health and safety of our community. In the coming days, we will contact ticket holders regarding refunds.

We plan to reschedule the festival for later in the year and will provide updates as soon as they are available at www.gffilmfest.com.

Capital City Film Festival
03/13/2020

Capital City Film Festival

After extensive consideration, it is with a heavy heart that we share our decision to postpone the 2020 Capital City Film Festival planned for April 9-18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are sad you won’t get to experience the outstanding full lineup we had nearly ready to announce, the safety of our extended community is at the forefront of our values.

Don’t despair too hard, though: Our team is already working on CCFF 9.5 - a summertime re-tooling of our #CCFF2020 festival content. Read our full statement: http://bit.ly/38N8xxB

Michigan Film Industry Association
03/02/2020

Michigan Film Industry Association

RSVPs for the Friend of Film cocktail party are pouring in from all sectors of the industry. RSVP and join the fun!

Very cool collaboration!
02/25/2020
Freep Film Festival

Very cool collaboration!

CALLING ALL DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS!

If you’re ready to start a crowdfunding campaign for your latest film, Freep Film Festival has partnered with crowdfunding platform Seed&Spark for an event that will provide money, expert advice and exposure for your documentary.

There’s no entry fee to compete in our Crowdfunding Rally, which will culminate with a live event on April 25 in Detroit during the festival weekend.
Check out the application details here! And spread the word!

https://freepfilmfestival.com/crowdfunding-rally/

Congratulations to our friends at the Capital City Film Festival on yesterday’s announcement and #CCFF10. We ❤️ #MiFilmF...
02/20/2020

Congratulations to our friends at the Capital City Film Festival on yesterday’s announcement and #CCFF10. We ❤️ #MiFilmFestivals!

📣 Announcing #CCFF 2020 opening and closing night films!

Opening: Once Upon a River
Closing: FLINT: WHO DO YOU TRUST?

We’re so thrilled to screen the Michigan premieres of these two highly anticipated films with strong Michigan roots and filmmakers in attendance. Read the full announcement: ccff.co/updates

We are attending the #MIGOVCONF20 this week and are excited to be presenting on “Film Festival Tourism” this afternoon. ...
02/19/2020

We are attending the #MIGOVCONF20 this week and are excited to be presenting on “Film Festival Tourism” this afternoon.

Pictured in this morning’s Legislative Panel State Representative Mark Huizenga, State Representative Terry J. Sabo, and State Senator Ken Horn. Thank you for the updates legislators.

02/14/2020
MSU Latinx Film Festival

Be sure to check out programming for the MSU Latinx Film Festival continuing all weekend long. Tonight on MSU's campus, and through the remainder of the weekend at venue's in Lansing.

The MSU Latinx Film Festival (LxFF) is a biennial, curated film festival that serves the state of Michigan with a special focus on the Latinx communities of Michigan State University, the greater Lansing area and the mid-Michigan region.

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Check out the revamped Online Rentals section on the Rebel Pictures' site! http://www.rebelpictures.net/online-rentals.html #RebelPictures #OnlineRentals #AwardWinning #Features #Shorts #CantStopWontStop
I think it’s wonderful to find such a supportive and resourceful film community! With so much free time, I've been watching more independent films lately and looking to start discussions with other cinephiles. I read Movie Makers' article in which FilmFreeway ranked the best online film festivals and saw the Ashland Independent Film Festival is being hosted on Film Festival Flix. It’s ending this Sunday, but they’ve got some great, relevant featured films this weekend, and their on demand films are also available anytime. I think it’s been a great opportunity to attend a film fest I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. I've also been screening the host site's VOD collections and their curated channels, and I was impressed to see all these Oscar-nominated films and filmmakers all in one place. I’d love to know what you think or what you like here!
Catch up on my radio show, The Magic Hour with Michael McCallum and also my weekly segment on Michigan's Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels, "Movie Moment with Michael McCallum" where I highlight a film for you to rent from the safety and comfort of your couch. http://www.rebelpictures.net/radio-shows.html #TheMagicHourwithMichaelMcCallum #MovieMomentwithMichaelMcCallum #RebelPictures #MichiganBusinessNetwork #MichigansBigShowStarringMichaelPatrickShiels #RaduiShow #Podcast #InternetBroadcast #LoveLansing
Friday was another "Movie Moment with Michael McCallum​" on Michigan's Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels! I'm currently making a short film for the 48 Hour Global Film Challenge, but wanted to share my pick for this week. Fruitvale Station is a poignant and extremely powerful film that deals with what it's like to be a young black male in this country and the effects of police violence on one young man and his last day alive. If you think you've "had enough of this subject on TV", think of how it is to be someone of color having to live with it on a daily basis and getting no break from it. This film gives a real human element to that struggle. "The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008." This film was released in 2013 and brought Michael B. Jordan well earned spotlight as a strong new talent. It was also Ryan Cooglar's feature film debut and he would go on to direct Creed and Black Panther working again with Michael B. Jordan. Since theatres are currently closed, there's no reason we can't have our own movie premiere nights at home for a wonderful film you might not have seen. Last week's pick was the comedy/drama web series, Lucky Jay. Check out Fruitvale Station at the link below and leave a comment/review after you see it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.00a9f788-d750-116e-e9fa-f764e566c3f6?ref_=imdbref_m_tt_wbr_pvt_aiv&tag=imdbtag_tt_m_wbr_pvt_aiv-20 Stay safe and See You On the Couch! https://www.spreaker.com/user/5707063/mbs-h1s5-michael-mccallum_4?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=user%3A5707063&utm_term=episode_title #MovieMomentwithMichaelMcCallum #MichigansBigShowwithMichaelPatrickShiels #FruitvaleStation #BlackLivesMatter #MichaelBJordan #RyanCooglar #Poignant #OnlineRentals #Highlighted #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether
Today was another "Movie Moment with Michael McCallum" on Michigan's Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels! My pick this week is the award-winning web series, Lucky Jay! It was made by my friend and fellow filmmaker, J Harper Philbin. Both Seasons 1 & 2 were made through Grand Valley State University's Summer Film Program. "Comedy-drama about film professors and their students." With all the current political and social stress going on I wanted to highlight something one the lighter side. I try to steer clear of projects I'm a part of for these selections, but had to choose Lucky Jay for it's ability to allow the viewer to laugh. We all need to when we can. Since theatres are currently closed, there's no reason we can't have our own movie premiere nights at home for a wonderful film you might not have seen. Last week's pick was the powerful documentary and Sundance Film Festival Winner, The Sentence. Check out Lucky Jay on YouTube at the link below and leave a comment/review after you see Seasons 1 & 2. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFot4i1ixfsrXnchvLqNJw Stay tuned and see you next Friday! https://www.spreaker.com/user/5707063/mbs-h1s5-michael-mccallum_3?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=user%3A5707063&utm_term=episode_title #MovieMomentwithMichaelMcCallum #MichigansBigShowwithMichaelPatrickShiels #LuckyJay #WebSeries #HarperPhilbin #GVSU #SummerFilmProgram #YouTube #OnlineRentals #Highlighted #AwardWinning #MittenMovieLove #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether
On the road! Check out the NEW episode of The Magic Hour with Michael McCallum! Episode 22 | William C. McCallum A Ride through COVID-19 - A 6-part PodCast batch for the latest episode [#22] of the Magic Hour with Michael McCallum. I welcome a return guest and a change of venue, recording from the Buick, for Episode 22. This time it's my Pops, Award-winning Actor, and Producer, William C. McCallum. A big thank you to Jeffrey C. Mosher (AKA The Cleaner) for working through the chaos to get this new episode to you. https://bit.ly/2ZBWceM #TheMagicHourwithMichaelMcCallum #WilliamCMcCallum #Actor #Producer #Writer #RebelPictures #MichiganBusinessNetwork #InternetBroadcast #Podcast #RadioShow #LoveLansing #FukkCOVID19 #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether #CantStopWontStop
Today was the 2nd "Movie Moment with Michael McCallum" on Michigan's Big Show​ with Michael Patrick Shiels! My pick this week is the Sundance Film Festival's 2018 Audience Award Winner, The Sentence. It was made by my long time friend and fellow LCC alum, Rudy Valdez. "Filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy's 15-year sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend." The film deals with mandatory minimums and the effect on Rudy's family. It's powerful, funny and reminds the viewer that nothing is more important than family. You can find it on HBO​, HBO GO​, Hulu​ and Amazon Prime​. Since theatres are currently closed, there's no reason we can't have our own movie premiere nights at home for a wonderful film you might not have seen. Last week's pick was a Michigan-made drama about redemption and forgiveness: Sincerely, Brenda. Check out The Sentence on Amazon Prime Video​ at the link below and leave a comment/review after you see the film. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.2ab334fc-8597-c758-df7c-bc239625e123?ref_=imdbref_m_tt_wbr_pvc_hbo&tag=imdbtag_tt_m_wbr_pvc_hbo-20 Stay tuned and see you next Friday! https://www.spreaker.com/user/5707063/mbs-h1s5-michael-mccallum_2?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=user%3A5707063&utm_term=episode_title&fbclid=IwAR3A3T6UmBEuDFPmed6y9rX0qEW-twTOUZu8I2EdkinTU1UwVIkz5wHWecQ #MovieMomentwithMichaelMcCallum #MichigansBigShowwithMichaelPatrickShiels #TheSentence #HBO #Hulu #AmazonPrime #OnlineRentals #Highlighted #AwardWinning #MittenMovieLove #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether
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GREAT NEWS! Rebel Pictures is proud to share our most recent film, Choices, has just been accepted into the MLC Awards in Green Bay, Wisconsin! It will play there in August (hopefully). Choices was made for the Quarantine Filmmaking Competition where it won BEST FILM out of 51 submissions! This is it's 1st selection outside of the competition. Congratulations to my small, but wonderfully talented cast & crew on this cool project that shows no matter what you can continue to create. I'm working to get the film available to be rented online soon. REBELPICTURES.NET *Poster design by Eric Shalayko and Michael McCallum. #RebelPictures #Choices #MLCAwards #QuarantineFilmmakingCompetition #BESTFILM #CantStopWontStop
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I'm really excited to share that I'm going to be doing a weekly segment on Michigan's Big Show! I was on last week talking about being creative and making films during the Quarantine and this morning's show marked the 1st segment of "Movie Moment with Michael McCallum". I'll be highlighting a true indie film that listeners can rent and stream online. Since theatres are currently closed, there's no reason we can't have our own movie premiere nights at home for a wonderful film you might not have seen. This week's pick is a Michigan-made drama about redemption and forgiveness: "Sincerely, Brenda". "After a sudden tragedy, a recovering alcoholic attempts to reconcile with his two estranged sons over a weekend, but the encounter reveals secrets that could destroy their family forever." Writer/Director Kenneth Nelson Jr. has a well-crafted drama with a strong Faith element to it. It's not heavy-handed like a lot of Faith films are and is definitely a must-see. The film stars Rico Bruce Wade, Sean Vaughn and Teri Ann Nelsen in powerful performances. Check out Sincerely, Brenda on Amazon Prime Video at the link below and leave a comment/review after you see the film. Stay tuned for next Friday morning at 6:45am for my next pick! http://bit.ly/SBFilmAmazon https://www.spreaker.com/user/5707063/mbs-h1s5-michael-mccallum_1?fbclid=IwAR0V0oPCMTdTIbDrC_PUVk7IaS9Ilkg1oCCk6cpmxUzXD0Z4BVwsRvSxa1I #MovieMomentwithMichaelMcCallum #MichigansBigShowwithMichaelPatrickShiels #SincerelyBrenda #AmazonPrime #Forgive #MichiganMade #OnlineRentals #Highlighted #AwardWinning #TrueIndie #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #MittenMovieLove #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether