“Parts Per Billion” Approved for Film Incentive


LANSING — The Michigan Film Office announced today the feature film Parts Per Billion has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film tells the interwoven stories of three couples forced to make life altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war. The project will shoot in metro Detroit this December.

Cast for Parts Per Billion includes Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Superman Returns), Gena Rowlands (The Notebook, The Skeleton Key), Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds, Sin City), Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl, Easy A) and Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor).  This is the third project in Michigan for producer Molly Hassell (Vamps, The Giant Mechanical Man).  The screenplay is by Brian Horiuchi, who is also directing.

“Repeat business is a sign of a quality product” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office.  “Filming this project in Michigan speaks to our competitive incentive program, our talented workforce and the quality of filmmaking this state has to offer.”

Parts Per Billion was awarded an incentive of $295,766 on $991,003 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 73 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 9 jobs.

“The crews in Michigan are some of the hardest working in the nation. Not to mention, good attitudes and helpful at every step in the process,” Hassell said.  “We are very happy to be returning for the third movie.”

Six projects have been awarded a total of $807,310 on $2,776,210 of approved production expenditures for 2013. These projects are expected to create 293 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 17 jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Film Review Committee, comprised of senior MEDC staff including the Michigan Film Commissioner, reviews all  applications.