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Michigan Film Office welcomes two new feature films

Michigan, Detroit skylineThe Michigan Film Office has announced that two feature films, Grain and Believe, will receive financial incentives for shooting in the state. Production on both projects will commence late September.

Grain will film in the city of Detroit at various characteristic and historic locations. The film was awarded an incentive of $238,588 on $727,406 of projected in-state expenditure and is expected to hire 77 local employees.

Producing the project is Johannes Rexin, who previously worked as a line producer on Lars von Trier’s 2009 film Antichrist starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Grain is set in an indefinite near future, where the existence of sustainable life is threatened. Together, a genetics expert and a general chaos scientist join forces in the Dead Lands to find fresh seeds, changing everything they thought they knew in the process.

“We are proud and happy to be awarded a Michigan film incentive,” Rexin, who produces alongside Semih Kaplanoglu and Nadir Öperli. “Grain is a pure art-house project designed as an international co-production with the aim of opening the film for a broader audience. We will shoot in English because we want to produce Grain as a unique film with universal texture and we are thankful to be welcomed by Pure Michigan and Detroit with its great tradition and history.”

The other project to come to the state is Believe, a faith-based film which tells the story of a group of seemingly unrelated individuals whose lives collide in a series of events following one man’s decision to live his life.

“After reviewing a variety of filming locations, it’s the beauty and majesty of West Michigan’s diverse communities that really captured our imaginations,” the film's director, Harold Cronk, said.

Believe will film in various West Michigan locations as well as 10 West Studios in Manistee. The feature was awarded an incentive of $657,142 on $2,292,028 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to make 82 local hires.

“While these two projects tell very different stories, they both are tapping into the talented crew and iconic locations Michigan has to offer – from Detroit to the shores of Lake Michigan,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office.

So far, 19 projects have been awarded $60,083,048 on $231,433,119 of approved production expenditures this year. These projects are expected to create 1,685 hires with a full-time equivalent of 1,226 jobs. 


To find out more about filming in Michigan and the financial incentives the state offers film and TV productions shooting in the state, take a look at our production guide