The panel will be focusing on the film industry in Michigan, the enormous human resource talent that exists here, amazing landscapes, post film credit era in Michigan, etc. Michigan is still a vital place for movie making, despite not having the credits. It's time for all entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders to come together and understand the cost arbitrage of Michigan's film industry, and leverage and create more opportunities to revive the economy. We may never become Hollywood, but with the utilization of our extraordinary talent, breath-taking geography, and historic architecture, we can give Hollywood a run for their money and become a force to be reckoned with in the film industry! Come and listen to some of Michigan’s best film directors, producers, actors, editors, and reporters discuss the state’s thriving film industry and how we can collectively create amazing opportunities to diversify the economy.

Friday, November 10th

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Michigan's Film Industry and Opportunities Beyond Film Credits

Lee Thomas
Emmy Award winning Fox 2 Detroit Entertainment Reporter
Steve Byrne
Arts & Entertainment Editor/Director at Detroit Free Press & Executive Director of Freep Film Festival
Rola Nashef
Award winning Screenwriter, Director , Producer
Tonya Hawkins
Actress and Producer
Selam Ghirmai
Strategic Partnerships & Promotions Manager, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office
Sam Logan Khaleghi
Emmy Nominated Producer & Creative Director/ Kyyba Films