Thursday, May 31, 2012
LANSING – Downtown Detroit has provided filming locations for more than 60 feature films, television series and other digital media productions in the past several years, many of which are featured in a new Detroit Film Locations Tour map produced by the Michigan Film Office.
The maps are available at Detroit tourism organizations, including Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, D:hive, Feet on the Street Tours and Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop. Electronic copies of the map are also available on the Film Office website, michigan.org and the Michigan Advantage website.
“Detroit is a star in many of the projects that have shot here in Michigan, as itself and as a double for places including New York City, Boston, Las Vegas, and Paris,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “Taking this tour captures many terrific locations in a way that promotes an all-around Detroit experience.”
The tour starts and finishes at the GM Renaissance Center with 15 stops along the way including the Old Wayne County Building (LOL, Transformers III, Conviction), Harmonie Park (The Double, The Five-Year Engagement), Lafayette and American Coney Islands (LOL, Whip It, Detroit 1-8-7, Food Wars) and the Detroit People Mover Park Avenue station (Alex Cross, The Giant Mechanical Man).
The map also highlights other notable film locations in the city not featured on the tour, as well as a wide number of other tour opportunities available in Detroit.
“Attractions like this film tour help to reinforce the work we and our local partners are doing to promote our vibrant urban centers here in Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Anytime we can encourage people to explore downtown Detroit it creates positive momentum for our tourism efforts here in Michigan.”
Projects featured in the tour include Detroit 1-8-7, Real Steel, The Five-Year Engagement, The Ides of March, Transformers III, Alex Cross, Sparkle and Whip It.
Work has also begun on film tour maps for other areas of the state to showcase the wide range of locations used in film and television productions here in Michigan.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan, as well as infrastructure development and workforce training.
Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan’s official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to michigan.org.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, focuses on helping grow Michigan's economy. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganAdvantage.org.
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