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National Lampoon's Federal Vacation... PART 1

National Lampoon’s Federal Vacation…..
You would think since my last two trips in two months were disaster’s in transit, I would have balked at a third trip two weeks later.  The first trip a la AMTRAK to Chicago found us speeding along the rails merrily at 5 MPH for half of the trip.  Lightening had hit one of the sensor’s that trigger the crossing gates to lower.  This meant that the conductor was unable to figure out which gates worked and which ones did not.   Since we didn’t want to hit the old lady crossing the street, we chugged the line VERY slow. Consequently we arrived about 3 hours late to Chicago.  

Don't get me wrong. We ha a wonderful time. We stayed at our favorite hotel, THE BLACKSTONE. This hotel rivals THE W! The decor is antiques mixed with modern and the view from our room was out of this world. We could see from the Art Institute to Shedd Aquarium. Of course we barely left the hotel except to jaunt to the Art Institute where I went alittle trigger happy.

On our r…

Michigan Film Tax Incentive and Music Videos:Protekted Records featuring P-Live

Protekted Records  (P-Live) Written by Hope Cobb Crenshaw for Michigan Movie MagazinePhotography by Joe Gall and Diana LevineUnless you’ve been hiding under a rock (the size of Montana!), you know that Hollywood has arrived!  It shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that the 42% Michigan Film Refundable Tax Credit also applies to the music industry.  Everything from the wages the studios pay the big stars, to equipment & editing can be applied to this refund.  That sounds good to me! Instead of a credit against taxes owed, this is a REFUND.  Can you imagine receiving 42% of you’re expenditures for the year?  That is a mind blowing idea.   No wonder every buddy and their brother are arriving en masse.  I imagine a caravan o’ trucks, trailers and limo’s speeding along America’s highways in a line that stretches as far as the eye can see!  A modern age gold rush, straight to us! As you and I speak, countless music video producers are taking advantage of this huge tax credit.  In the last 2 ye…