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Traverse City region site for coming-of-age drama

Friday, August 21, 2015

Frank Provenzano

LANSING, Mich. – To take the leap of faith, or not to leap. That is the question at the heart of the summer camp comedy, “Camp Manna,” now filming through September in the Traverse City and Torch Lake area.

The project is eligible to receive a $260,357 incentive from the Michigan Film Office. The incentive amount is based on a spending estimate of $1,187,708 along with hiring 67 Michigan workers equating to 13 full-time employees.

“Camp Manna” follows a young boy attending a religious camp after being sent to live with his awkward-but-earnest godparents. Blessings abound as Ian – an "unbeliever" – is forced to take part in a Biblically themed Olympiad known as the God Games. The film is produced by GRLA, the entertainment division of Gorilla (www.wearegorilla.co), a Grand Rapids-based production agency.

“Again and again, filmmakers are inspired by the breathtaking landscape of west and northwestern Michigan,” said Jenell Leonard, commissioner of Michigan Film Office. “This film showcases the state’s natural wonders, and offers a late-summer boost to the local economies.”

Earlier this summer, legislation was signed into law eliminating the program for film and digital media incentives. The incentive agreement for this film was approved before this legislation took effect.

Michigan Film Office was established in 1979. The office promotes the growth of Michigan’s film, television and digital media production industries.

For more information, please visit Michigan Film Office.

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