Billy Whitehouse

Feb 052014


The Detroit City Council has approved the transfer of land to the Downtown Development Authority for the development of a $650 million proposed downtown entertainment district that will include a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings.
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Jan 312014


Likewise, the state’s nonprofit creative community paid $196 million to 26,064 employees during the same period, says the latest report by ArtServe Michigan, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the state’s arts and cultural sector in addition to the creative industry.
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Jan 272014

Tonight (Monday, Jan. 27) at 8p ET, approximately 8 million people in America will learn more about Detroit’s history with the PBS broadcast of the first of three ANTIQUES ROADSHOW episodes taped in Detroit last June.

Among the highlights tonight: a 1970 Andy Warhol poster the guest bought at his campus bookstore for around ten dollars and had signed by Warhol himself; an early 20th century collection of locally crafted Pewabic pottery; and a working script of “The Wizard of Oz” used on set by Bert Lahr, more fondly known as the “Cowardly Lion,” that is appraised for $150,000.
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Jan 272014

City of Detroit Entertainment Commission
Regular Meeting – January 27, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 13th Floor

4. ACTION ITEMS (Follow-Up): Entertainment 3 E’s – Empowerment, Economics, Education “Re-branding the city, spirit of the people.”
A. Status of Walk to Fame star City Department Clearance [Berry Gordy’s Star]
B. Campaign for Dilla Walk to Fame star and others
C. ACES Civic Engagement Chair Duane Lewis, Walk to Fame Campaign DEC.
D. City Council: invite to City of Detroit new Officials
E. FMON production co. Sony Music/ looking for marketable talent/joins Emerging Stars on Walk to Fame.
F. Pulse Beat TV promoted DEC on TV for 2 weeks
G. Walk to Fame free App go to
1. Mark England, notable Fashion Designer, died last week
2. Bob Cafagna / Joe Malleck (movie project) TGIF

Jan 212014

Managers of an AMC theater in Ohio contacted the MPAA — which in turn called in the DHS — after a man was wrongly suspected of attempting to pirate “Jack Ryan” over the weekend.

Could wearing Google Glass to the movies soon be considered a no-no?

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Jan 162014


The genesis of the documentary film, MADMAN or MARTYR, originated with a
challenge by high school history teacher John Kenney. Luke Jaden, a student, rose
to meet the challenge which was to take him on a five month journey into the life
of ‘radical’ abolitionist John Brown and the history of abolition in Detroit in the
1830’s, 40’s, and 50’s.

If fact, John Brown transported 11 slaves along the ‘Underground Railroad’ to its
hub Detroit in 1859, just days before his raid on Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia.
Indeed, Brown and the ‘Railroad’ had an immense and profound influence upon
the City of Detroit.

For Luke Jaden working through the immense task of producing his film would
consume countless hours of fashioning and molding the research material, lining
up the extensive interview sessions with various experts in the field, as well as
working with the City of Detroit, which provided significant assistance to Jaden.
When asked, Jaden is quick to point out the idea for the title, “Madman or Martyr,”
“Popped into my mind” during an interview with a University of Detroit Professor.
The process of shooting and scripting the film was to be a ‘distillation’ in effect
which resulted in three scripts emerging. One was harvested from the in depth
interviews, another for the characters in the piece and a third for the narration,
performed by Detroit ‘Voice Artist’ and Actor, Ed Kelly, who also plays the role of
John Brown. More casting was in the offing and Jaden turned to Tim Holmes from
OZ, The Great and Powerful and to TV’s Prison Break with Phillip Edward Van

Luke has said the experience for him was life affirming and has cemented his
desire to continue to write, produce and direct motion pictures. Luke is also
extremely appreciative of all the help he has received, from the City of Detroit,
SAG-AFTRA, Magnetic Recording, an evocative score from the Winan’s Family
– to name but a few. There are many others to whom he is grateful.

Along the path Jaden has amassed a reservoir of contacts with whom he can
network as his career unfolds; but, the work continues and Luke Jaden is preparing
for the world premiere of his documentary film, MADMAN or MARTYR.

The gala will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American
History, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit on January 31st, at 6:00 PM. with a
Q&A to follow the showing. The director and some of the cast and crew will take
part. The event is open to all and is free of charge.

We invite you to make plans now to join us Friday evening, January 31st.

Jan 102014

From 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.

2 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

13th Floor

Entertainment 3 E’s – Empowerment, Economics, Education “Re-branding the city, spirit of the people.”

Learn about the Detroit Entertainment Commission and get involved at


Jan 102014
Christos Moisides

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LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced Thursday that the feature film Northern 48 has been approved for a film incentive of $3.9 million. The project, set in Michigan, is scheduled to film in Pointe Aux Barques and metro Detroit this spring.

“Northern 48 has made a strong commitment to hiring Michigan cast and crew and supporting Michigan businesses,” said 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.”
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Jan 102014

13th Annual National Touring Film Festival Coming to Ann Arbor
LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women®

LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by University Students Against Rape at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on February 6, 2014.
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Dec 312013


Are you a student filmmaker? Know someone who is?

We want your help.

If you’re a student, we want you to make a short film — and have the chance to show it right here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. If you’re a parent or a friend, pass this on to a student you know.

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