With Love from CDI on Valentine’s Day…

Randy and DJ - Ghost Town screeing, Howell, MI - Oct. 14, 2008

Randy and DJ - Ghost Town screeing, Howell, MI - Oct. 14, 2008

Holidays have a way of making us stop and reflect.  As a child, Valentine’s Day is more about friendship than romance–little cards with Snoopy and Woodstock or a group of Smurfs, conversation hearts with sayings like “Be My Friend.”

Many of you have already heard about the loss of one of CDI’s friends, Randy Godwin, who passed away on Dec. 19.  We were shocked and saddened to hear the news.  Today we’re thinking not just about those who are still beside us, but those we’ve lost.

For those in the CDI network who are still anxiously awaiting news about the progress of Wild Michigan, we’d like to thank you for your patience.  We continue to take steps forward daily, and are looking forward to giving the good news of a green light soon.

CDI is happy to announce that a TV deal for Figure in the Forest will soon be bringing that feature to a small screen near you.  More details on that will follow when we find out air dates, etc.  Overall, progress on projects like TimberWolf; Holly, Jingles & Clyde; State of Hate; Obsidian; and Ace are keeping all of us here at CDI on our toes.

But, don’t let our Valentine’s Day post fool you.  We’ll be taking time off today to spend time with our loved ones, and taking advantage of the opportunity to remind them how much we care.  And to you we wish a day filled with love and friendship.

Happy Holidays

Snowy WILD MICHIGAN

Snowy WILD MICHIGAN

The holiday season is upon us, and tonight in Michigan we’re anticipating a winter storm to hit as we sleep. Whether or not we like to shovel it, scrape it off our windshields or slide around in it, it’s hard to argue against snow’s beauty. It’s been a cold and snow-covered December here as we’ve moved forward in our preproduction for WILD MICHIGAN. This extra time has allowed for broader casting choices, and has provided an unexpected new opportunity…

The chance to film TIMBERWOLF and WILD MICHIGAN back-to-back.

A first draft of the script is completed and undergoing a budget analysis. Concept art and project summaries are in the works. Here at CDI, we’re excited at the prospect of three Westerns in a row. Looks like Santa’s got CDI on his “nice” list this year!

But even with all that we have to be grateful and joyful for, there is no denying that this is a somber holiday season. With the economic recession, layoffs, shaky ground under the Big 3, bailouts and financial scandals it’s hard not to pause a little longer this year when appreciating the year behind us and looking toward the year ahead.

Best wishes for a holiday season filled with peace, joy, laughter and love. Here’s to a new year of new beginnings and new opportunities for friends old and new…

Ramping Up for GHOST TOWN’s Release & WILD MICHIGAN Production

The last days of summer are bringing hurricanes to the coast, and movies to Michigan. It is a turbulent time, both bad and good. For CDI, the path to WILD MICHIGAN has been a long and winding one.

But we’re pleased to announce that we have found our locations for the shoot, and having just received our state approval, are preparing to enter actual pre-production. This means we will soon be able to finalize various contracts needed to move the machine forward.

Official poster from Lionsgate

Official poster from Lionsgate

On a related note, type-setting for the novelization of WILD MICHIGAN, written by Lansing author Dee Freeman, will soon begin. The book will be released through Alexander Books, who also released Teaster, based on the screenplay for Dean Teaster’s GHOST TOWN THE MOVIE.

Pre-sales have begun in advance of GHOST TOWN’s October 28th release. And while GHOST TOWN co-director Jeff Kennedy prepares for WILD MICHIGAN, Dean Teaster is laying the foundation for his next project, TIMBERWOLF. For more info, see the official release that went out today.

DJ Perry and Dean Teaster on the set of Ghost Town

DJ Perry and Dean Teaster on the set of Ghost Town

If one thing’s clear, it’s that CDI has got more stories in the pipeline…