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'Exported From Michigan' premieres in Grand Rapids

June 10, 2014
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'Exported From Michigan' premieres in Grand Rapids
Jon Vander Pol, left, director of the documentary “Exported From Michigan,” prepares for a shot with Gil Portalatin, chief engineer, electrified programs, Ford. Photo via fb.com

A documentary on Michigan’s economic comeback is premiering in Grand Rapids this week.

The 90-minute “Exported From Michigan” will make its world premiere this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wealthy Theatre.

The documentary describes how Michigan’s economy has bounced back from the Great Recession. It highlights Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth, urban farming, microbrewing, alternative energy and art renewal.

The film will also be screened at Wealthy Theatre on June 16 at 7 p.m.

There will be a question-and-answer session from 8:30-9:30 p.m. after both showings.

Labor of love

“Exported From Michigan,” which took more than three years to produce, will be submitted to film festivals and is looking for a distributor.

The film is a labor of love and the feature directorial debut for Grand Rapids native Jon Vander Pol, who works in Denver as a creative entrepreneur.

The documentary was written by Vander Pol and produced by Pine Drive Pictures, a Michigan LLC founded by Vander Pol and supportive friends, and New Desert Media, Vander Pol’s Colorado-based LLC.

The film received a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Tickets

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for Community Media Center members and can be purchased online

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