For Immediate Release – August 2012
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Three Lansing, Michigan area filmmakers join to produce ASHES OF EDEN, a dramatic feature length film. Writer and director Shane Hagedorn united two media powerhouse companies that have been making their mark on the national/international stage.
Ahptic Productions is a commercial giant in the Lansing area that boasts corporate clients like Audi, MTV, Wells Fargo and high profile clients such as Miley Cyrus and Nelly Furtado. Collective Development Inc. is a Lansing based motion picture company whose films have been released with major studios like Lionsgate, E1 and networks like ABC, NBC, Comcast, and TBN with six feature films coming out this year alone. Shane Hagedorn has produced and acted in other award winning films shot in Michigan. This is his second feature film as writer, director, and producer. He will also act in ASHES.
The film is in pre-production, with Ahptic co-owner and director of photography Dominic Cochran bringing his company’s state of the art production gear and his camera skills. Collective Development Inc. president DJ Perry is bringing his producing skill set and front of the camera talent. CDI has already brought interest from Fontana, a division of Universal Music, in the soundtrack. Perry, who has starred in nearly 50 films, is also pulling upon his international talent base to assist in casting and will set up the worldwide distribution. Shane Hagedorn has truly brought together the best of the best in Mid-Michigan and together Lansing will once again shine when ASHES OF EDEN rolls cameras this fall.
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.