Grindhouse Film Festival comes to Comic Con

Written by Kara Toay | Friday, 02 November 2018 13:06 |

The lights dim and cameras roll as people settle into their seats once again for the sixth year of the Grand Rapids Comic Con Film Fest, where local independent filmmakers can show off their short films. This year, however, the Grindhouse Film Festival is joining the lineup.

Since launching Blue Falcon Productions in 2012, Dan Campbell and Jude Walko have spent much of their time helping others produce movies and web series. But last month on July 31, Blue Falcon released its first feature film to iTunes, Amazon, Family Video and more.

It all starts with auditions for actors, then comes memorizing the script and filming scenes. One question not often asked is what an actor goes through on a daily basis. Luckily for us, Funny Laugh Productions answers this in its new seven-episode web series, Far From Hollywood, released the first week of April.

As filmmakers from all over North America get ready to attend 2018’s Grand Rapids Film Festival, five of them won’t have to travel far.

Award-winning local film to air at Celebration! North

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:22 |

A Michigan filmmaker who has traveled across the country and the world making movies is back home to screen her latest film, “The State of Modern Love.”

The trio behind Funny Laugh Productions writes and shoots short films, fashion films and anything else they can get their hands on at the micro-budget company. Their work is about supporting diverse storytelling, such as stories of the LGBT community and people of color.

Lights, Camera, Rebel!: The happenings and goings-on of Rebel Pictures

Written by Kara Toay | Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:56 |

Michael McCallum always knew he wanted to be a performer, and that’s why he launched Rebel Pictures in 1999.

In Brigsby Bear, starring Kyle Mooney and Mark Hamill, the title of the film is also a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: a man named James. After the show abruptly ends, changing James’ life, he sets out to finish the story himself.

The 2017 Eclipse Awards Gear Up to Honor Local Talent

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:16 |

With so many of Michigan’s local, independent filmmakers’ sweat and toil to bring their films to life, they deserve a fancy, red-carpet awards ceremony to celebrate their creations. 

While big studios continue to pour millions into each of their films, there’s another style of film that has kept a steady presence in the shadow of big blockbusters: micro-budget films.  

The Public Media Network (PMN) of Kalamazoo hopes to take this uniquely frugal style of filmmaking and put it in the limelight with the third annual North By Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival. 

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