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by Matt Simpson Siegel | matts@revuewm.com Local Indie Film


MICHIGAN FILM REEL It wasn’t long ago when Attila Bokor and Jason James picked up the film industry initiative in West Michigan by beginning the oft-used networking collective Michigan Film Reel. This local network of film work- ers, ranging from gaffers and cameramen to actors and production assistants, has been hooking people up with screen time for more than a year. Bokor and James originally met while filming local social functions and ad- vents for separate companies. Realizing they shared similar passions, Bokor and James began MFR as Michigan geared up for the new film industry, now recently decapitated (shall we say) by the Michigan governor. Hosted at McFadden’s, the loose meetings have included exclusive lectures by local film mavericks for their keen insights on the movie biz. Unfortunately, these swank soirees will now go on hiatus as Bokor and James film their first feature length, Dirty Bomb (directed by James, co-written by him with Tiffany Robinson). Although their budget for the suspenseful flick Dirty Bomb falls below the $50,000 minimum required, James and Bokor are reaching into the pool of talent that West Michigan cradles and will use the film as a calling card for all individuals involved in production. Learn more about Michigan Film Reel and Dirty Bomb at michi- ganfilmreel.com.


THREE BASKETS LLC Currently in pre-production, Three Baskets LLC has three unique feature-length films with a combined budget of two million. The three-pronged venture in- cludes Jason Roth, Joe Anderson and Keith Golinski and Chris Randall of Fulvew Productions. The Foot is Anderson’s tale of a humble man forced to carry on his family’s dark secret—that they purposefully created the Bigfoot hoax. Golinski and Randall intend to produce Talking Dead, a supernatural thriller in which technology uncovers the final


thoughts of the recently deceased…or not. Dusty, based upon a short film by Roth, is “the story of a corrupt town and the lady-avenger who brings her own spaghetti- western justice. It’s in the vein of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Kill Bill,” Roth said. Separately, Roth is readying for production this summer on the animated Sticky Fingers: The Movie! with cult star Fred Williamson slated to voice The Boss. “Although the film industry’s plight has deterred major investors … the film community will go on — we’re not leaving,” Roth said. You can follow the developments of these three promising films at threebasketsllc.com.


COLLECTIVE STUDIOS Collective Studios has been workaholicking over the past two years with many economi- cally viable opportunities. The sound editing in Dolmen is award-winning-worthy. Frisky Whiskey is still funny after multiple view- ings. These fellas know film, and if movie mavens Rick Reed and Ryan Lieske are within earshot, you’ll be laughing at their real-life bromance. Currently, Lieske’s main focus is evolving his film Clean Break, which was recently green-lit for a feature length. “[Star] J. D. is going to get a lot of attention,” Lieske said. Based upon a short of the same name, Clean Break’s skeletal star was featured in the May issue of acclaimed horror ‘zine Fangoria and has a fully fleshed-out script. Keep up on Collective at gocollectivego.com.


DAN FALICKI Dan Falicki’s local indie cult hit GR30K walked away with The Boomstick Award at the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival. Now available on DVD at The Corner Record Shop and Schuler Books & Music for $20, Falicki jokes how the possible sequel GR30K, UL2RA, would be a labor of love featuring separate directors for each story installment, answering such nail-biting questions as: is that slick villain DeVoz alive or dead? Is the Balder Safe? His current project, The Relief Keeper (written by local screenwriter Christopher Riebold) is speculative fantasy based upon the unsolved historical mys- tery disappearances of three Scottish lighthouse keepers in 1900. “I can promise you Vikings may be involved,” Falicki said. On the horizon: Dwarfhammer; another visual epic of Saturday morning cartoon pro- por t ions ci rca 1989 that would please the misanthropic stoutest of


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fantasy fanboys. “Think Ralph Bakshi meets Warhammer,” Falicki said.


CHARLEY VAN PORTFLIET From hosting the Grand River Pictures Film Festival at the Hideout Brewing Compnay for the past six years to infecting his 13-year-old daughter with the directing bug, Charley Van Portfliet is nowhere near gearing down with the recent roadblock in Michigan movie- making. A graduate of Kenowa Hills, Van Portfliet began making movies while serving in the Air Force as a medic. His current proj- ect is The Other Ms. Black, which Van Portfliet hopes to wrap on June 1. “It’s a challenge with a full-time day job. I only get to shoot two times a week.”A simple ghost story focus- ing on a babysitter and her motherless charge in a secluded house, The Other Ms. Black may resonate with those familiar with the slow, plodding House of the Devil. Van Portfliet guarantees this flick is different, “compressed while maintaining a moody atmosphere,” and features Rachel Vail-Steele as the afore- mentioned protagonist baby-watcher. Visit grandriverpictures.com for more on Van Portfliet’s upcoming projects. n


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