Three Michigan Movies to Stream

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For a short time Michigan gave tax credits to film makers to entice productions to locate here. Those days are long gone. However the films that were produced gives us the opportunity to see recognizable locations in our own backyard. We noted that in 2011 Sean Penn chose the Thumb to be a location for the film This Must be the Place. Here are three more notables among 140 films that located sets in Michigan for all or part of production.   

Continental Divide – This 1981 film starring John Belushi and Blair Brown is cast in Chicago. A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher. One memorable scene takes place at a train station in Niles Michigan. The historic Michigan Central Railroad station was built in 1892 of brownstone. The depot is still in operation by Amtrak. The depot appeared in other movies such as Midnight Run, and Only the Lonely.

Continental Divide Official Trailer #1 - Allen Garfield Movie (1981) HD

Into the Storm – Filmed in 2014, this disaster film was shot in several Michigan locations including Pontiac and on the campus of nearby Oakland University. There are alot of recognizable Michigan landmarks and buildings in this film. The school shots were filmed at the Oakview Middle School in Oakland Township. The film starred Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.

Into the Storm - Official Main Trailer [HD]

Red Dawn – This 2012 remake was shot in Detroit, Harper Woods and Mt. Clemens. The closed Notre Dame High School was a primary filming location and its cafeteria was the catering hall for the cast. The film starred Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. While not credited, the shot below from the trailer was taken in Pontiac.

Red Dawn TRAILER (2012) Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson Movie HD

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A Movie Filmed In Michigan At Turnip Rock


Our favorite kayak paddling spot near Port Austin was the set of a 2014 movie.  Jinn was one of the 2014 movies filmed in Michigan. Written as an action-horror-thriller film. Jinn is a mythical race of creatures that existed for eons before humans and existed for countless centuries. Similar to humans in many ways, the Jinn live invisibly among humans and are encountered only in the most unusual circumstances.

Jinn at Turnip Rock

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Turnip Rock from Movie Trailer

Turnip Rock can be seen in the horror movies trailer. A dynamic fly-in to the tip of Pointe Aux Barques and the iconic rock formation. 2014 was when the Great Lakes hit a historic low water level. Thus the caves at Pointe Aux Barques were used in the film.

Jinn was filmed in many Michigan locations, including Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Novi, Monroe, Commerce Township, Warren, Highland Park, and Port Austin. The trailer offers a neat perspective of the famous rock formation.

Turnip Rock – Movie Trailer

Jinn Official TRAILER (2014) HD
Jinn Trailer

Despite some dynamic cinematography, the film was brutally panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 10% approval while the Hollywood Report and Boston Globe dismissed the film. Filmed in Michigan, Jinn can be found from time to time on some streaming services.

Watch Jinn

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Paddle Turnip Rock – Five Things to Know – One of the most amazing sites in the Upper Thumb is Turnip Rock. Carved over time by the force of constant wave action the soft limestone has been shaped to its namesake and separated from the mainland over thousands of years. CNN called it one of the Most Amazing Rock Formations in America and Pure Michigan featured it on its 2016 magazine cover. International travelers coming into Detroit Metropolitan Airport see Turnip Rock as their first view of Michigan’s wonder scenes coming into customs.

Chasing Jimmy

Chasing Jimmy – Local Movie About Crazy Caseville Cheeseburger Festival – A sold-out crowd at the Bay Theater got their first glimpse of the locally produced movie “Chasing Jimmy”. The documentary film was written produced and directed by Bob Brown a resident of Sand Point and executive producer and managing partner at Charity Island Pictures, LLC. This film chronicles the writer’s effort to invite tropical folk singer Jimmy Buffet to make an appearance at the annual Cheeseburger in Paradise festival held in Caseville in August.

Turnip Rock Kayak

14 of the Best Attractions in Michigan Thumb – With over 90 miles of shoreline, Michigan’s Thumb offers plenty of attractions. Some of it is out on the big lake while some is finding fun inland. There is always something to do or see near the tip of the Thumb. Most are free, the fun is finding and exploring things to do in Michigan’s Upper Thumb.

Cheeseburger in Caseville

Caseville Cheeseburger Parade of Tropical Fools – The Caseville Cheeseburger Parade-goers started to line up chairs in their favorite spots along Main street starting at midnight. As of 9 am all the prime spots are usually taken. This year is expected to see some of the largest floats among the 100 of others and hundreds of marchers and dancers. The event typically lasts about two hours. Children make the best participants of the parade as candy and beads are typical items tossed from the floats.

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Scott Hocking – The Strange Allure of His Emergency Ark In The Middle Of A Cornfield


You may not even notice it at first. You’re driving along a country road enjoying the sites of grazing animals, crops emerging and fields broken by windbreaks provided by trees planted long ago. Then you spot it. The Ark of Scott Hocking’s larger-than-life creation.

Barn Art in the Fields of Michigan’s Upper Thumb

The grey timber looks warped and wrapped. The old planks, taken from the virgin forests that once dominated the thumb have been intertwined. What was once a working farm building is now an art form. It sits among debris from decades of agriculture work. A rope is draped along a fieldstone wall.

The artist notes on his work

The Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark), Also known as the Barnboat is a site-specific installation and permanent sculpture in the farmlands of Michigan’s Thumb. Based on ideas of ancient vessels, duality, alchemical symbolism, destruction myths, and deluge stories, and shaped by the site’s history and incredibly consistent winds.

Based on ideas of ancient vessels, duality, alchemical symbolism, destruction myths, and deluge stories, and shaped by the site’s history and incredibly consistent winds, the Barnboat was built over the course of 3 months, and made entirely from the beams and boards of a collapsing 1890s barn that stood in its place. Built on the Goretzki farmland, the Ship will continue to decay, just as the barn it was made from did.” 

Scott Hocking

The work has several titles The Barnboat, The Celestial Ship of the North, and Emergency Ark. The Emergency Ark was completed by sculpturing artist Scott Hocking in 2015. He has transformed an 1800s barn into a large object denoting sanctuary and safety. The Ark can be found about a mile south of Oak Beach on Oak Beach road and Fehner.

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