Spring Developments

Things are really blooming here in Michigan as we enjoy what seems like an early spring.  It’s just past the middle of April and lilacs are beginning to bud and some are even opening!  We at CDI are seeing some great budding developments as well.

DJ Perry with Ernie Hudson

DJ Perry with Ernie Hudson at Night of 100 Stars

Projects in development are really heating up and we’ve made some needed updates to our Current Projects.  We’ve got interest from Ernie Hudson’s management for a role in A STATE OF HATE. Check out the article on 28 Days Later Analysis.  Some exciting talks are also underway for HOLLY, JINGLES & CLYDE. After a final weekend of shooting LOCKED IN A ROOM, we’re in serious talks with Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly for the role of Thelma for WILD MICHIGAN, which brings that project closer to being back in production.

As for LOCKED IN A ROOM, production has officially wrapped and has signed on with Worldwide Film Entertainment who will be taking the project to the Cannes Film Market.  Check out today’s articles from 28 Days Later Analysis and The Geek Files.

We’ve also got some new release dates for other projects.  At a glance:

August 10 – FIGURE IN THE FOREST

August 24 – HEAVEN’S NEIGHBORS

September 7 – THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ

September 21 – JUDGES [Special Edition]

It’s almost time to plant the garden and soon we’ll be reaping what we sow.  CDI is looking forward to a good harvest!

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

DJ Perry as Benjamin in THE BOOK OF RUTH

DJ Perry as Benjamin in THE BOOK OF RUTH

As we get ready to wrap another year, it’s worth a quick look back at the highlights before looking forward to the new goals and projects ahead.  While 2009 did not see production for WILD MICHIGAN, we have continued to make progress in overcoming the major roadblocks and have taken steps to move production to 2010.

We were proud to see the wide release of AN ORDINARY KILLER in October, along with television air dates for FIGURE IN THE FOREST.  Post-production for OUTSIDE THE WIRE: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN OF AFGHANISTAN is nearly complete and we’ll have a locked picture in early 2010.

CDI co-production RENOVATION wrapped on-schedule and the post-production is underway.  We’re looking forward to seeing more on that project as it comes together.

DJ Perry, Collective Development Inc. CEO, has continued to be active with other non-CDI productions as well.  He served as co-producer and acted in THE BOOK OF RUTH which is available now in most Christian book and gift stores and will see TV airplay and wider DVD release at the start of 2010.  KARMA: CRIME, PASSION, REINCARNATION featured DJ as a detective in India and screened at the MIAAC Film Festival in NYC.  Read more on DJ’s escapades in a December interview with 28 Days Later.

2010 looks to be a great year with many exciting projects on the horizon.  Stay tuned for more updates and enjoy a safe, happy and fun-filled night as 2009 draws to a close.  Happy New Year from all of us here at CDI!

Incentives to Keep Springing Ahead

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and CDI's Anthony Hornus

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and CDI's Anthony Hornus

When Anthony Hornus (producer, writer, director, actor) talked with Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm a couple weeks ago at a Michigan Notable Authors event in Lansing, they had a chance to talk about the status (and future) of the film incentives.  Granholm reinforced what we’ve been hearing in the media lately — the incentives aren’t going anywhere under her watch.  As the state’s economy continues to struggle, one of the bright spots is the growth of the film industry right here in America’s heartland.  We’re happy to be a part of that growth.

We’ve got other good news coming in regarding the status of WILD MICHIGAN, but until things are finalized and official, we can’t say more than that.  We know, we know — we keep teasing you with updates that WILD MICHIGAN will soon be filming.  But, rest assured that things are in fact moving along and that a formal cast list and start date will be announced in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, FIGURE IN THE FOREST has enjoyed some late night show times on TBN despite being bumped out of its initial time slot due to scheduling changes at the network.  Isaac Hernandez at TBN Programming says, “FIGURE IN THE FOREST is a film that is sure to bring hope and peace to those who have experienced a tragic loss of a loved one and further appreciate the time we still have with those that are still with us.”

CDI’s Tribal Chief DJ Perry has also been busy with interviews related to multiple projects.  Check out his interview related to the May 5th release of the special edition of THE 8TH PLAGUE with First Fright — DJ Perry Has an Axe to Grind.  Another interview with 28 Days Later Analysis focuses on the March release of GPS — GPS: An Interview with DJ Perry But whatever you do, don’t miss the big interview with Rogue Cinema that covers a whole slew of projects!

So, stay tuned for more updates coming soon and don’t stop moving toward your goals.  They’re right there, at your fingertips, if you’ll only keep reaching for them.