Sneak Preview: The Film Factory

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Changing Gears goes on the air Monday with our first story: The Film Factory.

As industrial jobs have gone away, states across the Midwest are looking at everything. Some think the silver screen may become a silver bullet. Team Gears — Niala Boodhoo in Chicago, Dan Bobkoff in Cleveland and Kate Davidson in Ann Arbor — visit movie sets and talk to experts about the generous film incentive programs that pit state against state and even city against city.

Learn why it’s so important for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to lure films like Transformers 3, which is also taking advantage of the film incentives that Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm pushed through in Michigan. And, why small business owners like the programs, even though experts warn they may not be worth the money.

Listen for our report on Chicago Public Radio, Michigan Radio and ideastream, and come back here to learn more.

(Oh, and wonder where we got this cool photo? It was shot last month in Chicago at the Music Box Theater, the movie place built in 1929. The Music Box is a frequent host to events held by our friends at Sound Opinions. Check them out when you’re on the north side.)

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