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A Michigan Film Industry Town Meeting planned

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An organizational and informational event will be held on Thursday evening, February 24th to promote preservation of the Michigan Film Incentive program. Organizers hope to help interested people effectively communicate to Michigan's legislators, governor and voting public why the film incentive program should be preserved.  The event is being held simultaneously with a town hall in Livonia on the same issue. Video will be streamed from the southeast Michigan event and west Michigan attendees will be able to ask questions.
Locally, featured speakers are slated to include Rick Hert, Film Commissioner, West Michigan Film Office; Joe Voss, Entertainment Attorney, Clark Hill PLC; Deb Havens, President, West Michigan Film Video Alliance; Heidi Schmitt, Sales Manager, Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau; Keri Lowe, President, Compass Film Academy and Jax Baker, Producer, and Assistant Production Coordinator.
Among the speakers scheduled from Livonia (via video stream) are Mitch Albom, Free Press Columnist; Mike Binder, filmmaker and Michigan native; and Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer, and former State Representative.
The event is being held in Hager Auditorium at Grand Valley State University’s Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan Ave. NE, in Grand Rapids. Starting time is 7:00pm and it is open to the press and general public.   
Updates about the event or speakers will be posted to the event’s Facebook page.

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