Moviemaking in Michigan: Adapting to film incentive cuts

Aug 4, 2015

For a year and a half, we’ve been tracking the process of making a movie in Michigan. Filmmaker Rich Goteri’s “Eastern Market” is set in Detroit. Current State's Scott Pohl has our latest update, including a look at how the elimination of film incentives from the state of Michigan has affected the project.

Rich Goteri (left) confers with Patrick Moug, who will direct 'Eastern Market.' Current State is following the progress of this Detroit-based film project.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

It’s been a while since we checked in on “Eastern Market”, the Detroit-based movie project we’re tracking. When we last spoke with filmmaker Rich Goteri, he was dealing with a setback: the flooding of the studio he runs in Ferndale.

Current State's Scott Pohl has talked with Goteri again. The elimination of Michigan’s film incentive program means projects like “Eastern Market” have to figure out how to proceed without state help. Goteri says his Michigan Actors Studio is back in operation after the flooding last summer, so at least making those repairs and paying for them has been dealt with.