Incentives, taxes, productions and festivals


Downtown hosts Japanese animation expo

June 22, 2016
Downtown is scheduled to host thousands of visitors this weekend for an expo on Japanese animation, film and art. Read More

Last major film to get state incentives finishes filming in Grand Rapids

Varnum attorney serves as executive producer for ‘God Bless the Broken Road.’

May 27, 2016
One of the last films eligible to receive a hefty sum of Michigan film incentives just wrapped up in Grand Rapids. Read More

Film shoots in West Michigan

May 10, 2016
| By AP
The state said filming will take place this spring for a faith-based drama at Berlin Raceway and throughout Grand Rapids. Read More

Loeks says movie theater is good for downtown

Celebration! Cinema CEO says making money is not the project’s only objective.

April 29, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) After nearly four years, J.D. Loeks is happy with where his Studio C! downtown movie theater stands. Read More

Lunafest kicks off Gazelle Girl Weekend

Festival features short films by, for and about women, and also acts as fundraiser.

March 18, 2016
A film festival dedicated to all-female talent is returning to Grand Rapids. Read More

Manzano is a national role model for Latinas

February 19, 2016
Sonia Manzano’s usual audience is children, but she’s got a powerful message for the adults attending the Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan event. Read More

Acton Institute wins prestigious award for documentary

The film examines poverty and the ‘hidden side of doing good.’

February 19, 2016
Everything you’ve ever wondered about why the billions of dollars put into solving poverty hasn’t worked is addressed by a critically acclaimed documentary from a local institute. Read More

Inside Track: Even a spy couldn’t uncover Lister’s latest film role

GR actor has a part in ‘Batman v Superman,’ but he can’t say a word about it.

January 22, 2016
Ralph Lister is about to become one of Grand Rapids’ most high-profile actors, thanks to a mysterious role in the upcoming Michigan-made blockbuster “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” set to be released in March. Read More

The Force awakens theater seating changes

January 1, 2016
Jedi-loving moviegoers experienced an off-screen twist this holiday season when taking in the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. Read More

They are the behind-the-scenes film stars

Michigan-based call-sheet app startup coming next year.

December 18, 2015
Almost every industry has a tedious, thankless task that makes anyone stuck doing it dream of inventing a better way. Read More