Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer soiree to raise film industry funds and spirits

The film incentives are gone but members of Michigan's film industry are moving ahead. This Sunday's summer party at Dino's Restaurant in Ferndale -- sponsored by 313 Wood, Lindsay Warren Consulting, The Wow Shane Radio Show and The Cupcake Station -- is the latest event to provide funding, information and networking possibilities.

Sean Robertson
"We need to inspire ourselves to keep going," said Sean Robertson of Detroit, founder of the film and entertainment company 313 Wood and one of several local actors to appear on the canceled TV series Detroit 1-8-7 "We need to continue to produce quality films and other multimedia ventures."

Audiences who attend the event will not only have fun -- as it is a summer party featuring live entertainment, food and beverages -- but also will learn about projects currently running and who to contact. "It's more of an informational and networking kind of event," Robertson said.

Tickets of $10 at the door will fetch a variety of food prepared by Dino's and The Cupcake Kitchen, drink specials courtesy of the Ferndale-based Valentine Vodka and karaoke entertainment by Shea Sounds. A portion of the proceeds raised by the event will go to fund Robertson's new Web series, "Great Lake State," a political drama about a woman's rise to power and the perils she faces in trying to make a difference in her home state.

"The Web series is a paid project and we'll be hiring actors and film crews," said Robertson, who also is a reoccurring reporter for Auto Week's Vinsetta Garage, a new car enthusiast show that will air on the cable network this January.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Dino's Restaurant Lounge is located at 22740 Woodward Avenue, in Ferndale. Click here for more information

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