O.K. Here goes whats up.
As most of you know
and I are all from southeastern Michigan and let me tell you it's HARD FOR A BROTHA UP IN THIS PIECE!!
We all have been work hard, doing whatever we have to do to keep our love and focus for art going. In otherwords to quote Wutang Clan wordsmith Cappadonna, we are all trying to "milk this cow the best way we know how" LOL.
Now it seems that some new stuff is on the horizon in our state. Recently, with the hard work of Michigan native and acclaimed thespian Jeff Daniels, the state of Michigan passed a new tax law that gives film studios a 42% tax break to be applied in the same year of production for any film shot here in Michigan.
While at first, things were happening at a trickle, now they seem to be building to a torrent. Hollywood has begun to invest in Michigan's film infrastructure in a big way. Offices have been leased and from the very manufacturing assets of Michigan's ailing auto industry studios are going up.
I gotta admit to you, and
and I have had many of discussion over this, I was thinking about leaving for greener pastures.
Now I am glad I stayed.
Oh, as usual though there have been naysayers as far as the amount of the tax breaks that the film industry has received and the real amount of jobs that the industry can bring here. Also the staggering auto industry is trying to figure out how to maintain it's stranglehold on the Michigan economy in light of these new developments.
To the detractors I say no. 1 lets wait and see. no 2. The auto industry has been having it's way with us and our tax money for years.Making us give them the farm just open up some stupid ass plant in our community. no 3. Like Jeff Daniels said to the detractors "If you can't come up with something better SHUT UP!" LOL.
It's an exciting time for art period here in Michigan. I think the film industries presence will do alot for the community here as a whole. I also think that smart people on the pop culture scene in this state should start to try to make contacts and overtures to this burgeoning industry in our state.
It can only add to the flavor of an already distinct and vibrant scene, which up until now has stayed mainly underground.
likes to say HAZZAHHH!!!!!