Mich. – Three projects that are expected to generate nearly 100 jobs and more
than $3.7 million in the state have been approved for film incentives by the
Michigan Film Office.
three projects – My Soul to Keep, Swish Master and Golem – will be produced by Exxodus Pictures Studio, based in the
M@dison building in downtown Detroit.
announcement of a Detroit-based production company making a series of feature
films that will hire local crew and highlight locations throughout Michigan is
a perfect example of how this program supports the film industry in our state,”
Michigan Film Office Director Jenell Leonard said.
My Soul to Keep will film in various locations,
including Detroit, South Lyon, West Bloomfield, and Utica. Nine-year old Eli
Braverman is terrified of his basement and the evil that he thinks is living
there. When his older sister Emily abandons her babysitting duties, Eli is left
home alone to confront the darkness and the creature that may be lurking in it.
project was awarded an incentive of $210,483 on $601,380 of projected in-state
expenditures and expects to hire 21 Michigan workers with a full-time
equivalent of two jobs.
In Swish Master, Max Sheffield unleashes
black magic to put a stop to the bullying he is experiencing at school, but
realizes along the way he may not be the one in control after all. Swish Master is expected to film in various
locations throughout metro Detroit.
was awarded an incentive of $272,134 on $777,525 of projected in-state
expenditures and expects to hire 25 Michigan workers with a full-time
equivalent of three jobs.
WWII, Golem is expected to film in
locations throughout the Upper Peninsula. The story centers around Adina
Akhavan, who witnesses the annihilation of her village by Nazi soldiers. Out of the carnage an otherworldly beast
emerges and decimates the barbarous soldiers. Adina escapes into the forest and
weeks later is befriended by Captain Jaeger and his elite team of SS relic
hunters sent to investigate the disappearance of the brigade and to secure the
ancient beast. Adina has no choice but
to hide her true identity, help Captain Jaeger secure the beast, and wait for
the perfect moment to enact her revenge.
Golem was awarded an incentive of $835,360
on $2,386,742 of projected in-state expenditures. The project expects to hire
53 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 15 jobs.
vision at Exxodus Pictures is to create a self-sustaining film studio based in
Michigan that not only creates opportunity for people but also creates content
that is home grown,” said Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, co-owner of Exxodus Pictures. “We’re
excited to be working with the state again and are thrilled that the Film
Office has paid so much close attention to our next group of films. It’s been
an amazing experience and we’re thankful to be a part of the ever growing
Michigan film industry.”
Pictures previously released Jinn,
the company’s first theatrical debut, in April 2014. Jinn is being released on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, On Demand, XBOX
live, Playstation network, and other VOD platforms beginning March 10,
2015. Exxodus Pictures specializes in
the creation of entertainment products ranging from motion pictures and
television to commercial advertising.
the first three projects approved under fiscal year 2015 with a cumulative of $1,317,977
in incentives being awarded on $3,765,647 of approved production expenditures
for the year. These projects are expected to create 99 hires with a full-time
equivalent of 20 jobs.
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. For more on the Michigan Film
Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.
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