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Films Made in Michigan

Below is a list of select films made in Michigan in 2011. The Michigan Film Board reported on 46 productions took place in Michigan from 2010-2012.

Oz Great and Powerful 

A small-time magician with questionable ethics arrives in a magical land and must choose between becoming a good man or a great one.


Sparkle

Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.


Spy Kids All the Time in the World 4D

A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world. The post-production work for Spy Kids 4D was done in Birmingham, Michigan in the Spring of 2011. 

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World,” starred Antonio Banderas and Jessica Alba.


Margarine Wars

60’s Psychedelic Counterculture clash during the “Summer of Love,” when an aspiring hippie Afro-Jew from New York dupes the son of a Swedish dairy farmer into smuggling illegal margarine into butter rich Wisconsin.


Dogman

Hanklin Purvis enjoys the outdoors, and he loves to hunt. He and his wife, Dorothy, live on a farm in the rural midwest. For some reason, during the season before autumn, things start to happen.

The movie is based on ‘The Legend’ by Steve Cook for an April Fool’s day joke, which was made up of different sightings of ‘dogman’ – there is such a thing as ‘the Michigan Dogman’, which was first reported all the way back in 1887.


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Great Michigan Forest Fires

The great Michigan forest fires of 1881 swept over four counties in three days, destroyed nearly two million dollars’ worth of property, and killed one hundred and twenty-five people. Their extent and irresistible power were largely due to atmospheric conditions. The summer of 1881 was excessively dry, and the drought had done its work nowhere more effectively than in the wide, blunt, tongue of land which lies between Saginaw bay and Lake Huron. At the northern end of this tongue is Huron County.


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Great Michigan Thumb Fires of 1881


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Pray & Work

Ora Labora, the name means “pray and work,” and the 50 families who came to an area between Caseville and Wildfowl Bay in the early 1860’s certainly did both. The settlers were of German origin, and the Rev. Emil Baur was led the colony. They had to struggle against forests and swamps and fevers. Many of their young men left to fight in the Civil War. In the end, Ora Labora was deserted.


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Ora Labora – A Lost Paradise


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Pigeon Holed

There is no definite record about how the town of Pigeon was named. The town began because the Saginaw, Tuscola, Huron Railroad established a crossing there that was called Berne. Later the name was changed to Pigeon, and it’s possible that at one time huge flocks of passenger pigeons (now extinct) migrated over that area.


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Scenic Travel in the 1940’s


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Pointe Aux Barques

Pointe Aux Barques, so named by the French because a certain rock formation looked like the prow of a ship. In 1896 Stanford Crapo, an official of the Pere Marquette Railroad, saw the possibilities of Pointe Aux Barques as a resort for Detroit socialites. Gradually cottages were built and the railroad ran club cars twice daily during the summer, bringing tourists to the Pointe and in 1912 rates were set at: Board and room in hotel, $14 per week; Daily rates, S3 to $5. But just before the hotel was to open, it was completely destroyed by fire.
At the turn of the century, Harvey Firestone owned two cottages, and for many years Michigan poet, Edgar A. Guest, spent summers at his cottage at Pointe Aux Barques.


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Point Aux Barques history


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