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Three Michigan Movies to Stream


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. However, 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.


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. The school shots were filmed at the Oakview Middle School in Oakland Township. The film starred Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.


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.

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Great Getaways in Michigan’s Upper Thumb


This 15 minute video is a great review of some of the highlights of Michigan’s Thumb.  With 150 miles of shoreline the contrast between the rocky, rugged Lake Huron side is toured to the sugar sand and calm waters of Saginaw Bay. The thumb region is a great area to explore.

This video is from Great Getaways, a television travel series that spotlights active getaway adventures across the Midwest and Canada with an emphasis on the outdoors.


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Turnip Rock – Movie Set


Our favorite paddling spot near Port Austin was the set of a 2014 movie. Jinn is a action-horror-thriller film. Turnip Rock  can bee seen in the trailer. 2014 was when the lakes hit an historic low water level. Thus the caves at Pointe Aux Barques could be used.

Jinn was was shot in many Michigan locations, including Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Novi, Monroe, Commerce Township, Warren, Highland Park, and Port Austin.

Featured Photo: Ricardo Diaz via Flickr

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