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"Appleville" by the MI Creative Film Alliance debuts March 30 at the DIA...

March 26, 2011

http://comm.wayne.edu/gallery.php?id=920

http://www.mi-cfa.com/applevillepremiere.html

For more about the Creative Film Alliance and the movie Appleville, visit http://www.mi-cfa.com.  Follow the Creative Film Alliance on Facebook.  And view Emery King's interview about the importance of the Creative Film Alliance.


Myles Mershman performs the role of Frank in Appleville.


Members of the cast and crew of Appleville pose during production.

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Photos above:  Former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, joined members of the Michigan Creative Film Alliance
at the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council's October 8, 2010, meeting in Lansing.

Read the Governor's Office's release about the Creative Film Alliance.

Read the University Research Corridor release about the Creative Film Alliance.

The Detroit News, Annarbor.com, 3/26/11
"Michigan-made"
Various film round-ups mention Appleville, a short film collaboration between students at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. The film will have its premiere at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Detroit Film Theatre.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20110326/OPINION03/103260302/1034/ent02/Hollywood-needs-some-new-blood
http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/updates-on-3-films-partly-shot-in-ann-arbor-scream-4-meet-monica-velour-and-appleville/

Detroit Free Press, 3/23/11
Local scenes: Movie news and notes: Local students get on-set training
by John Monaghan
“Appleville,” a product of the Michigan Creative Film Alliance involving students from Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, premieres at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Detroit Film Theatre. "This was a unique opportunity for faculty as well as students, all with different experiences and ways of viewing the world, to work together on a single project," says Juanita Anderson, a Wayne State faculty member and part of the film alliance. Twenty-two students contributed to the film, taking turns as producers, directors and production designers as well as actors. "Ours is a unique training model," says Anderson. "We are cultivating a new generation of storytellers in Michigan." She says another student project is being planned for this summer.
http://www.freep.com/article/20110324/ENT01/103240327/Local-scenes-Movie-news-notes-Local-students-get-set-training

TulsaWC.com, Digital Journal, 3/9/11
"Michigan's major public universities premiere collaborative film 'Appleville'"
On Wednesday, March 30, students from Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will premiere their first co-produced film titled “Appleville.” The film was created, directed, produced and edited by 22 students from the three universities who were part of the groundbreaking Michigan Creative Film Alliance program. "Our three major public universities have had a strong research partnership, and this is the first arts-related collaboration involving our students and faculty," said Matthew Seeger, interim dean of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Comments are included from Juanita Anderson, lead Alliance faculty from WSU. The film will premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts during a special program that begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theatre.
http://www.tulsacw.com/Global/story.asp?S=14219777
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/243094

Detroit Free Press, 9/5/10
"Three universities team up to give aspiring young filmmakers a reason to stay in Michigan"
by Julie Hinds
The Michigan Creative Film Alliance, a groundbreaking venture involving the Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Michigan State University is featured in this story about the building of a film industry in Michigan.
http://www.freep.com/article/20100905/ENT01/9050323/1322/3-universities-team-up-to-give-aspiring-young-filmmakers-a-reason-to-stay-in-Michigan

AnnArbor.com, 8/25
"Student film coalition's 'Appleville' wraps at U-M's North Campus Research Complex"
by Jenn McKee
Shooting has wrapped on "Appleville," a film produced entirely by students from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. It was a project of the newly created Michigan Creative Film Alliance, a collaborative effort by the three universities to produce talent for the state's film industry.
http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/student-film-coaltions-project-appleville-wraps-at-u-ms-north-campus-research-complex/

WDIV-TV 4 NBC Detroit, 8/20
The Michigan Creative Film Alliance is creating conditions that may keep our brightest film production talent from leaving the state.
http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/24707523/index.html

Detroit Free Press, 7/30
"Shooting to start on student-produced film"
Shooting is expected to start Aug. 6 on Appleville, a film produced entirely by students from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. It's a project of the newly created Michigan Creative Film Alliance, a collaborative effort by the three universities to produce talent for the state's fledgling film industry.
http://www.freep.com/article/20100730/ENT01/7300349/1322/Michigan-movie-clips

WWMT-TV, 7/21
Students from Wayne State University, Michigan State and U-M taking part in the 2010 Creative Film Alliance Summer Film Institute are filming in Richland, Mich. this week. The 8-week institute pairs students with faculty and film industry professionals as they turn a feature-length script into a 20-minute short.
http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2145&DateTime=7%2F21%2F2010+11%3A10%3A27+PM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE

Metro Mode, 7/15
"U-M, MSU, and WSU team up for Creative Film Alliance"
by Jon Zemke
Wayne State University and the University of Michigan make up two of the three pillars of Michigan's Creative Film Alliance Summer Film Institute. The intensive eight-week program at Gull Lake this summer is bringing together film industry veterans and faculty from Michigan's three major research universities (Michigan State University is the third) to form the framework for creating the state's future film industry workforce. "This is a really big deal," says Sharon Vasquez, dean of the College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts. "This is the beginning of a relationship that will play a key part in growing the indigenous film industry."
http://www.metromodemedia.com/innovationnews/creativefilmallianceumwsu0170.aspx

Model D Media, 7/13
"Wayne State key player in new Creative Film Alliance"
by Jon Zemke
WSU has teamed up with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University to create the two-month 2010 Creative Film Alliance Summer Film Institute program at Gull Lake. The program revolves around maximizing the next generation of film industry veterans who will help cement the Great Lakes State as a major player in the film, TV and gaming industry. "This is a really big deal," says Sharon Vasquez, dean of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. "We're each leveraging our particular strengths, perspectives and progress to create and grow the film industry in Michigan."
http://www.modeldmedia.com/devnews/waynestatecreativefilmalliance071310.aspx

         

University Business, WWMT-TV (Grand Rapids), WJR-AM, WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids), 7/9
"Michigan Colleges Create Joint Film Institute"
Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Wednesday that Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are part of the 2010 Creative Film Alliance Summer Film Institute which opened Wednesday for an eight-week run. The program staff includes Hollywood professionals and university faculty.
http://www.universitybusiness.com/newssummary.aspx?news=yes&postid=23301
http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2145&DateTime=7%2F8%2F2010+6%3A11%3A50+PM&LineNumber=&MediaStationID=2145&playclip=True&RefPage
http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2790&DateTime=7%2F8%2F2010+11%3A08%3A54+AM&LineNumber=&MediaStationID=2790&playclip=True&RefPage
http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2160&DateTime=7%2F8%2F2010+7%3A37%3A33+AM&LineNumber=&MediaStationID=2160&playclip=True&RefPage

BusinessWeek, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, WDIV-TV ch4, WFQX-TV (Cadillac, Mich.), WSJV-TV (South Bend, Ind.), Lansing State Journal, The Republic (Columbus, Ind.), Yahoo Finance 7/8
"Michigan colleges create joint film institute"
Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Wednesday that the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University are part of the 2010 Creative Film Alliance Summer Film Institute. The program opened Wednesday and runs eight weeks. It's being held at the KBS Conference Center on Gull Lake in Kalamazoo County's Ross Township, about 120 miles west of Detroit. The program staff includes Hollywood professionals and university faculty. The students will come from the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State universities.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9GQUI8G1.htm
http://www.mackinac.org/13137
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100708/SCHOOLS/7080386/Michigan-colleges-create-joint-film-institute
http://www.freep.com/article/20100708/BUSINESS07/7080355/1002/Business/Headlines-Realty-firm-to-move-with-Quicken
http://www.clickondetroit.com/education/24174454/detail.html
http://www.fox33.com/category/story/?id=238573
http://www.fox28.com/Global/story.asp?S=12769862
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20100707/NEWS01/307070006/-1/middayupdates
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/a42c8ab7ffe8499cba087033b17d19ae/MI--Film_Studies-Michigan/
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/UM-MSU-WSU-summer-film-apf-730636073.html?x=0&.v=1

mLive.com, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press 7/7
http://www.mlive.com/michigan-job-search/index.ssf/2010/07/first_michigan_creative_film_alliance_su.html
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100707/BIZ/7070425/1361/MSU--UM--WSU-join-forces-for-summer-film-institute
http://www.freep.com/article/20100707/NEWS06/100707056/1322/Michigan-summer-film-institute-opens

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Observer & Eccentric, 2/27/11
"Film supporters fight incentive cuts"
by Ken Abramczyk
More than 1,000 film industry supporters gathered at a standing-room-only town meeting in Livonia last week with hopes of saving the film incentives that have provided work and jobs for them. Workers employed in the industry, ranging from actors and producers to truck drivers and construction workers, attended the gathering to send a message of “work it out, don't throw it out” to Gov. Rick Snyder and state lawmakers. Several college students from Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Michigan State University talked about how they have found work or their hopes in landing a job in the film industry here.
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20110227/NEWS10/102270526

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Examiner.com, 7/1/10
"Detroit Windsor Intern'l Film Festival leaves a lasting impression (Part 1 of 4 in the DWIFF series)"
by Wendy Clem
A story on Detroit’s burgeoning film industry highlights the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, which took place at Wayne State University this past weekend.
http://www.examiner.com/x-1800-Detroit-City-Buzz-Examiner~y2010m7d1-Detroit-Windsor-Internl-Film-Festival-leaves-a-lasting-impression-Part-1-of-4-in-the-DWIFF-series

Epoch Times, Positive Detroit, 6/29
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Detroit—A major American filmmaking city"
A story on Detroit’s burgeoning film industry highlights the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, which took place at Wayne State University this past weekend.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/38193/
http://www.positivedetroit.net/2010/06/detroita-major-american-filmmaking-city.html

WDIV-TV, 6/25
"Wayne State offers free film fair"
Wayne State University offered a free tech fair and networking event for aspiring film makers on Saturday. The fair, a component of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, offered classes ranging from how to use special effects makeup to how to open your own independent theater.
http://www.clickondetroit.com/family/24041224/detail.html

Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Ann Arbor.com, Huffington Post, Between the Lines, 6/24
"Film fest stars Michigan talent"
Independent filmmakers and fans from around the world will gather at Wayne State University over the next few days for the third Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, a bundling of feature films, shorts, documentaries and industry seminars promoting Michigan's film industry. In all, the festival will feature 32 shorts, 10 features, seven documentaries and three children's films, as well as a free Tech Fair, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, with topics from how to start an indie film theater to composing music for films and special effects.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100624/ENT02/6240306/1034/Film-fest-stars-Michigan-talent#ixzz0rmeQU9No
http://www.freep.com/article/20100624/ENT01/6240319/1035/Ent/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-in-70mm-format-to-be-screened-at-Redford-Theatre
http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/locally-shot-movie-gets-slot-in-detroit-windsor-film-festival/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-hatfield/a-motor-city-farm-and-mus_b_621214.html
http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=41977

WJBK-TV FOX-2, 6/21
"Wayne State to host its 1st Tech Fair"
Wayne State University is teaming up with The Detroit Windsor International Film Festival (DWIFF) presented by Wayne County to host the DWIFF annual Tech Fair on June 26. The free event will give the public access to filmmaking and TV broadcast professionals, vendors and educators to enhance the overall filmmaking experience and create a rich learning environment.
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/job_shop/wayne-state-to-host-its-1st-tech-fair

Crain’s Detroit Business, 6/20
"Local films part of festival"
The third annual Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, which will be screened at a variety of locations around the Wayne State campus, runs Thursday through Sunday and will feature more than 50 entries this year.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100620/SUB01/306209964

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Xconomy, 5/27
TechTown, Unity Studios will partner to produce Michigan-based film crews
by Howard Lovy
Wayne State University’s TechTown and Unity Studios of Allen Park, and its affiliated Lifton Institute for Media Skills are expected to announce a formal agreement in the next two weeks, under which the institute will teach the would-be crews how to make movies and TechTown will teach them how to become entrepreneurs to sell their services. “Everybody in the film industry has to be an entrepreneur because everybody is a freelancer,” says Randal Charlton, TechTown’s executive director. “They have to be. There are very few long-term gigs.”
http://www.xconomy.com/detroit/2010/05/27/techtown-unity-studios-will-partner-to-produce-michigan-based-film-crews/

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Detroit Free Press, 4/29
Film festival offers free screenings at local venues
by John Monaghan
Wayne State is mentioned as one of the local venues that will be screening movies for the third annual Italian Film Festival. The touring festival, which runs through May 9, was organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and is cosponsored by local Italian institutions. All movies are free and play in Italian with English subtitles.
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100429/ENT01/4290312/1036/Ent01/Film-festival-offers-free-screenings-at-local-venues&template=fullarticle

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Lansing City Pulse, 4/9/10
Selected film students from Wayne State University, Michigan State and the University of Michigan will be collaborating on a project this summer. The students will combine talents and create a movie in the space of a few weeks while handling everything from pre-production planning to technical set-ups, cinematography, editing and post-production work.
http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/blog-199-msu-wsu-u-of-m-not-alphabet-soup-a-collaborative-fil.html 

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Metromode, 12/2/09
A Hollywood education in metro Detroit
by Michelle Martinez
Wayne State University is mentioned in an article about the growing number of film training programs that have accompanied the recent spike in Michigan’s film industry.
http://www.metromodemedia.com/features/hollywoodeducationdetroit0143.aspx

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The Detroit News, 11/10/09
Filmmakers Boot Camp is coming to Wayne State University
By Ursula Watson
The Michigan Production Alliance will host the NEHST Studios' Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp for aspiring filmmakers, which will be held at Wayne State University.
http://detnews.com/article/20091110/ENT02/911100306/Filmmakers-Boot-Camp-is-coming-to-Wayne-State-University

WWJ-AM, 11/6/09
Wayne State University will host a boot camp for aspiring filmmakers, Nov 13-15. It’s designed to help participants write, produce, direct and sell a feature film. Film producer and boot camp director Larry Meistrich discusses the course.
http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2785&DateTime=11%2F7%2F2009+12%3A35%3A10+PM&Term=wayne+state&PlayClip=TRUE

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Wayne State University to hold acting workshop
by Jessica Nunez, MLive.com 10/14/09
Wayne State University's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts is holding a series of workshops designed to help aspiring actors land jobs in films brought to Michigan by the film tax incentive.
http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2009/10/wayne_state_university_to_hold.html

WSU alum instructs film auditioning workshop
AmericaJR.com, October 6, 2009
http://americajr.com/news/wsufilmworkshop1006.html

Casting calls
The News Herald, September 11, 2009
A roundup of upcoming artistic-related workshops includes “Auditioning for Feature, Commercial and Industrial Films,” which will be offered this fall by Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Students will perform mock auditions and receive coaching from professional actor and workshop instructor Laurie Meeker. Session dates and contact information are provided.
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2009/09/12/entertainment/doc4aa80d337c9fc723489422.txt

Auditions slated
Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, September 4, 2009
Wayne State is offering an intensive, “on your feet,” workshop on auditioning for films. Auditioning for Feature, Commercial and Industrial Films provides 10 contact hours of coaching spread across four consecutive Saturdays and is offered Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31.
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20090903/ENT/909030493/Auditions+slated+for+models++singers

How to nail an audition is the focus of new Wayne State actors workshop
by John Zemke, Model D Media, September 1, 2009
Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts is offering two workshops on how to audition for films this fall. Students will perform mock auditions and receive coaching from professional actors. The idea is the one-on-one training will help actors sidestep any problems that are common knowledge to professionals.
http://www.modeldmedia.com/timnews/waynestateaudition90109.aspx


WSU offers film audition workshops
by Alesia Cooper, The Detroit News, August 28, 2009
Wayne State University is offering “on your feet,” auditioning workshops to help aspiring actors and actresses break into Michigan’s burgeoning film industry. Two sessions are offered, running four consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 5 and Oct. 10. Cost is $195, and 20 openings are available per workshop.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20090828/LIFESTYLE/908280317/1005/lifestyle/WSU-offers-film-audition-workshops

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Wayne State and the Screen Actors Guild offer a series of Master Classes
March 28:  Marketing Yourself, Headshots and Resumes, Knowing Your Type and Dressing to Get the Part
April 4:  Improv! Auditioning, Character and Scene Development for Film
April 25:  Voice Acting
http://theatre.wayne.edu/files/SAGatWSUspring2009.pdf
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/entertainment/090326_sag_classes

Films offer flicker of hope for state
by Carrie Zarotney, Observer & Eccentric newspapers, April 2, 2009
An op-ed piece about the benefits of Michigan’s burgeoning film industry mentions that Wayne State has retooled its curriculum to prepare students for emerging jobs in the industry.
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20090402/NEWS02/904020481/1019/rss02

Job seekers aim to get ready for 'Action'
by Bill Shea, Crain's Detroit Business, March 8, 2009
The Michigan Production Alliance and other organizations promoting the film industry in Michigan partnered with WSU to offer an introductory movie industry boot camp. Michigan film unions also are working with Wayne State and other universities to establish accredited film crew training programs.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20090308/FREE/303089997/1068

Filmmaker boot camp
The Detroit News, March 5, 2009
The Michigan Production Alliance and award-winning producer Larry Meistrich of NEHST Studios are partnering with Wayne State University to host an intensive "Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp" from Friday to Sunday in WSU's State Hall, 5143 Cass Ave., Room 106....
http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090305/METRO01/903050378

Wayne State to host event for future filmmakers
WDIV-TV 4, Detroit, March 4, 2009
Wayne State University has teamed up with with award winning producer Larry Meistrich of NEHST Studios and Michigan Production Alliance to host Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp this Friday through Sunday. The boot camp was created to give participants an insider's guide to success in the film industry and also to boost interest for Wayne State's new workforce development strategy....
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/18854047/detail.html

Motor City to Tinseltown: Classes help film hopefuls
The Flint Journal, February 14, 2009

An Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp was designed by filmmakers for filmmakers. It will be offered March 6-8 in Room 106, State Hall, at Wayne State University. Participants will learn how to write, produce, cast, direct and sell their own features. They'll explore marketing and web distribution and alternative routes to breaking into the business....
http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/flint/index.ssf/2009/02/motor_city_to_tinseltown_class.html

Training programs spring up around state's growing film industry
by Mark Lewis, Crain's Detroit Business, February 8, 2009
Wayne State is one of Michigan’s universities involved in film industry training. WSU is offering seminars and classes in acting, film production and animation....
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20090208/FREE/902090306/1068

Productions open roles for workers: Film jobs get Michigan rolling
by Marisa Schultz, The Detroit News, January 27, 2009
In a story about Michigan’s approval of tax incentives last April to lure Hollywood filmmakers to the state, Wayne State University is noted for adding new courses, including animation, production broadcasting and acting for the camera. Since Michigan approved the aggressive tax incentives, 71 projects have been approved, with 37 films already completed. Nearly 3,000 direct jobs have been created, with total wages reaching $57 million....
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090127/BIZ/901270400