‘Northern 48’ Granted $3.9M Tax Incentive from State Film Office


tThe Michigan Film Office has approved a $3.9 million tax incentive on nearly $15 million in projected expenditures for the feature movie, Northern 48, scheduled to film this spring in metro Detroit and Pointe Aux Barques, a small community at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb in Huron County.

t“Northern 48 has made a strong commitment to hiring Michigan cast and crew and supporting Michigan businesses,” says Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “It is also an opportunity to highlight Michigan talent, while showcasing Lake Huron and landmarks throughout Detroit.”

tThe stylized heist film — which is expected to hire nearly 150 Michigan workers with a full-time equivalent of about 100 jobs — begins in the middle of a horrific storm off Lake Huron, with the police questioning the only survivor of what looks like a business deal gone bad. The survivor tells a tale that leads from Detroit to a U.S. customs warehouse heist of art antiquities to a legendary border militia group and a billion dollar casino deal.

tDetroit native Christos Moisides, a principal of Colony Films and 400 Monroe Associates, both in Detroit, will work alongside writer/director Darren Campbell and producer Matthew Rhodes with Mandalay Vision, says he has wanted to bring a project to his hometown for years. “Northern 48 was written to be made in Michigan,” he says.

tThe film is projected to be released in 2015.