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Making Movies in Michigan

Have you spotted George Clooney at Metro Airport this week? Or maybe Drew Barrymore at the Lafayette Deli in Detroit earlier this year? Despite these recent "star sightings," making movies in Michigan is not a completely new phenomenom. It was 50 years ago this spring when Anatomy of a Murder was filmed in the Upper Peninsula town of Ishpeming. Based on a real-life Michigan murder and trial from 1952, the story was first turned into a novel by Robert Traver (who was really Supreme Court Justice John Voelker). The movie's premiere was held in downtown Detroit at the United Artists Theatre. Nominated in 1960 for seven Academy Awards - including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director -  it starred James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, and Detroiter George C. Scott, and was directed by Otto Preminger. If you have any film aspirations of your own check out the Michigan Film Office for job and training information.